drive1 [ draıv ] (past tense drove [ drouv ] ; past participle driven [ `drıvn ] ) verb ***
▸ 1 control vehicle
▸ 2 provide power to move
▸ 3 push something to hit something else
▸ 4 force someone to leave
▸ 5 force someone into bad state
▸ 6 make someone determined
▸ 7 hit/kick ball hard
▸ 8 make animals move
▸ 9 make someone work/try hard
1. ) intransitive or transitive to control a vehicle so that it moves somewhere:
You will drive carefully, won't you?
Usually, my sister drives and I read the map.
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.
a ) intransitive or transitive to know how to drive a vehicle:
Can't you drive?
I've been driving for 15 years and I've never had an accident.
b ) intransitive to get somewhere by driving a car:
We usually drive to Florida, but this year we're flying.
c ) transitive to take someone somewhere in a vehicle that you are driving:
Dad will drive us.
drive someone to/from something: Lee drove me to the airport.
d ) transitive to drive a particular type of vehicle regularly:
She drives a bus for a living.
2. ) transitive often passive to provide the power that makes something move:
The pump is driven by an electric motor.
3. ) transitive to push something using a lot of force, so that it enters or hits something else:
He drove the nail into the wall.
4. ) transitive to force someone to leave a place, usually the place where they live:
drive someone from/out of/off/away from something: The rising flood waters had driven her out of the village.
Thousands of people have been driven from their homes by the fighting.
5. ) transitive to force someone into a bad situation or state:
drive 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 stores out of business.
a ) transitive INFORMAL to annoy someone by doing something:
drive someone crazy/mad/up the wall: Will you stop that humming, you're driving me crazy!
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.
6. ) transitive to make someone determined to do something:
We want to find out what drives a successful businesswoman like Sylvia.
Douglas was driven by a need to learn the truth.
7. ) intransitive or transitive to hit or kick a ball hard in a particular direction:
She drove the ball into the top corner of the goal, tying the score.
8. ) transitive to make a group of animals move somewhere
9. ) transitive to make someone work or try very hard:
The coach really drives his team, but he gets good results.
drive yourself: We think you've been driving yourself too hard.
drive a hard bargain
to be very firm when you are making an agreement
`drive at phrasal verb transitive
what someone is driving at
what someone is really trying to say:
I can see what you're driving at.
,drive a`way phrasal verb transitive
to make someone stop wanting something or stop wanting to be with someone:
Increasing prices will only drive customers away.
,drive `back phrasal verb transitive usually passive
if you are driven back by something, it forces you to stop trying to reach a person or place and move back
,drive `down phrasal verb transitive
to make a price or amount fall to a lower level:
Fierce competition among restaurants has driven down prices.
,drive `off phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive if a vehicle or driver drives off, the vehicle starts moving and leaves
2. ) transitive to force someone to go away, especially when they are attacking or threatening you
,drive `out phrasal verb transitive
to force someone or something to leave a place:
Government forces have driven the rebels out of the eastern district.
,drive `up phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive if a vehicle or driver drives up, the vehicle moves near to a person or place and stops:
A huge limousine drove up.
2. ) transitive to make a price or amount rise to a higher level:
The government's policies are driving up interest rates.
drive 2 [ draıv ] noun ***
▸ 1 trip in car
▸ 2 used in street names
▸ 3 part of computer
▸ 4 effort to achieve something
▸ 5 feeling causing action
▸ 6 determination
▸ 7 hard hit/kick of ball
▸ 8 power that turns wheels
▸ 9 wide path for car
1. ) count 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.
2. ) Drive used in the names of streets:
25 Ocean Drive
3. ) count 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. ) count 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. ) count a feeling that makes you act in a particular way:
instinctual desires and drives
6. ) uncount the energy and determination that makes you try hard to achieve something:
As a student she was full of drive and ambition.
7. ) count a hard hit or kick of a ball
8. ) uncount the power from an engine that turns the wheels of a vehicle:
four-wheel/rear-wheel/front-wheel drive
9. ) count a DRIVEWAY

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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