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noun drive pronunciation in American English /draɪv/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a trip in a car
    I set off on the 30-mile drive to the hospital.
    The hotel is only 10 minutes’ drive from the airport.
    go for a drive: We went for a drive in Jack’s new car.
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  2. 2


    used in the names of streets
    25 Ocean Drive
  3. 3
    [countable] computing the part of a computer that sends or receives information from a disk
    disk/hard/CD-ROM drive: First insert the disk into your disk drive.
  4. 4
    [countable] a big effort to achieve something, especially by a company or government
    The company is launching a major recruitment drive.
    drive for: the region’s drive for independence
    a drive to do something: The company has embarked on a drive to improve its image.
  5. 5
    [countable] a feeling that makes you act in a particular way
    instinctual desires and drives
  6. 6
    [uncountable] the energy and determination that makes you try hard to achieve something
    As a student she was full of drive and ambition.
  7. 8
    [uncountable] the power from an engine that turns the wheels of a vehicle
    front-wheel drive
  8. 9
    [countable] British a driveway


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