(noun, verb)


1. the act of applying force to propel something

- after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off

Similar word(s): thrust

Definition categories: act, actuation, propulsion

2. a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine

- a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds

Definition categories: man–made, mechanism

3. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

- the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant

Similar word(s): campaign, cause, crusade, effort, movement

Definition categories: act, venture

4. a road leading up to a private house

- they parked in the driveway

Similar word(s): driveway

Definition categories: man–made, road, route

5. the trait of being highly motivated

- his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers

Definition categories: attribute, trait

6. hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver

- he sliced his drive out of bounds

Similar word(s): driving

Definition categories: act, swing

7. the act of driving a herd of animals overland

Definition categories: act, conveyance, transfer, transport, transportation

8. a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)

- he took the family for a drive in his new car

Similar word(s): ride

Definition categories: act, journey, journeying

9. a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire

Definition categories: state

10. (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium

Definition categories: man–made, device

11. a wide scenic road planted with trees

- the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views

Similar word(s): parkway

Definition categories: man–made, road, route

12. (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)

Definition categories: act, return

Sentences with drive as a noun:

- Crassus had wealth and wit, but Pompey had drive and Caesar as much again.

- Napoleon's drive on Moscow was as determined as it was disastrous.

- Some old model trains have clockwork drives.

- It was a long drive.

- The mansion had a long, tree-lined drive.

- Beverly Hills’ most famous street is Rodeo Drive.

- a whist drive; a beetle drive


1. operate or control a vehicle

- drive a car or bus

- Can you drive this four-wheel truck?

Definition categories: motion, control, operate

2. travel or be transported in a vehicle

Similar word(s): motor

Definition categories: motion, carry, transport, go, locomote, move, travel

3. cause someone or something to move by driving

Definition categories: motion, displace, move

4. force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically

- He drives me mad

Similar word(s): force, ram

Definition categories: contact, thrust

5. to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly

- She is driven by her passion

Definition categories: social, coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze

6. cause to move back by force or influence

Similar word(s): repel, repulse

Definition categories: contact, force, push

7. compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment

Definition categories: creation, make

8. push, propel, or press with force

- Drive a nail into the wall

Definition categories: contact, impel, propel

9. cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force

- drive the ball far out into the field

Definition categories: contact, throw

10. strive and make an effort to reach a goal

Similar word(s): labor, labour, push, tug

Definition categories: social, fight, struggle

11. move into a desired direction of discourse

Similar word(s): aim, get

Definition categories: communication, intend, mean

12. have certain properties when driven

- My new truck drives well

Similar word(s): ride

Definition categories: stative

13. work as a driver

- He drives a bread truck

- She drives for the taxi company in Newark

Definition categories: social, work

14. move by being propelled by a force

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel, drive

15. urge forward

- drive the cows into the barn

Definition categories: motion, force, push

16. proceed along in a vehicle

- We drive the turnpike to work

Similar word(s): take

Definition categories: motion, cover, cross, track, traverse

17. strike with a driver, as in teeing off

- drive a golf ball

Definition categories: contact, hit

18. hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally

- drive a ball

Definition categories: contact, hit

19. excavate horizontally

- drive a tunnel

Definition categories: contact, dig, excavate, hollow

20. cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling

- The amplifier drives the tube

- steam drives the engines

- this device drives the disks for the computer

Definition categories: consumption, power

21. (hunting) search for game

- drive the forest

Definition categories: competition, hunt, run

22. (hunting) chase from cover into more open ground

- drive the game

Definition categories: competition, hunt, run

Sentences with drive as a verb:

- to drive sheep out of a field

- You drive nails into wood with a hammer.

- The pistons drive the crankshaft.

- drive a car

- What drives a person to run a marathon?

- This constant complaining is going to drive me to insanity.

- I drive to work every day.