drive Definition

  • 1operate and control the direction and speed of a motor vehicle
  • 2propel or carry along by force in a specified direction
  • 3urge or force (animals or people) to move in a specified direction

Using drive: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "drive" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He drives a red sports car.

  • Example

    The wind drives the ship towards the shore.

  • Example

    The sheep were driven into the pen.

drive Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for drive

Antonyms for drive

Idioms Using drive

  • to cause someone to become insane or extremely annoyed


    The constant noise from the construction site is driving me crazy.

  • to create division or conflict between two people or groups


    The rumor drove a wedge between the two friends.

  • to make something very clear and obvious


    The speaker used several examples to drive the point home.

Phrases with drive

  • to irritate or annoy someone greatly


    Her constant complaining drives me up the wall.

  • to be a tough negotiator, demanding a lot in exchange for what one is offering


    He drove a hard bargain when selling his car.

  • to emphasize or make something clear


    The teacher tried to drive home the importance of studying for the exam.

Origins of drive

from Old English 'drīfan', meaning 'to propel, drive'


Summary: drive in Brief

To 'drive' [draɪv] means to operate or control a motor vehicle, propel or carry something along by force, or urge or force animals or people to move. It has synonyms like 'move' and 'propel,' and idioms like 'drive someone crazy' and 'drive a wedge between.'

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