What are red words?
90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing.These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are morefrequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
- 1[intransitive/transitive] to control a vehicle so that it moves somewhere
Usually, my sister drives and I read the map.
You will drive carefully, won't you?drive along/down/through etc:
He drove along for several miles before he saw anyone.drive something along/into etc:
He drove his truck into a wall.
- 2[transitive] to force someone into a bad situation or statedrive someone to do something:
Desperation finally drove her to ask for help.drive someone to something:
People are being driven to violence by police action.drive someone out of business:
Supermarkets are driving small shops out of business.
- a.[transitive] informal to annoy someone by doing somethingdrive someone crazy/mad/up the wall/round the bend:
Will you stop that humming, you're driving me mad!drive someone to desperation/despair:
Driven to desperation, he began to steal from his employer.drive someone to drink (=make someone feel very upset or annoyed):
It's enough to drive you to drink.
- 3[transitive] to force someone to leave a place, usually the place where they livedrive someone from/out of/off/away from something:
This malicious gossip has driven her out of the village.drive someone from/out of something:
Thousands of people have been driven from their homes by the fighting.
Swarms of mosquitoes drove us inside the house.
drive a coach and horses through somethingBritish