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I UK [draɪv] / US verb
Word forms "drive":
present tense I/you/we/they drive he/she/it drives present participle driving past tense drove UK [drəʊv] / US [droʊv] past participle driven UK [ˈdrɪv(ə)n] / US
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.

a) [intransitive/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) [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.

c) [transitive] to drive a particular type of vehicle regularly

She drives a bus for a living.

d) [intransitive] to get somewhere by driving a car

We usually drive to Italy, but this year we're flying.

2)
a) [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 shops out of business.

b) [transitive] informal to annoy someone by doing something
drive 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 live
drive 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.

4) [transitive, often passive] to provide the power that makes something move

The pump is driven by an electric motor.

5) [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.

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) [transitive] to push something using a lot of force, so that it enters or hits something else

He drove the nail into the wall.

8) [intransitive/transitive] to hit or kick a ball hard in a particular direction

She drove the ball into the top corner of the goal.

9) [transitive] to make a group of animals move somewhere
Phrasal verbs:
See:

II UK [draɪv] / US noun
Word forms "drive":
singular drive plural drives
1) [countable] a journey 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) [countable] British a wide path for a car that joins someone's house to a street

There was a BMW in the drive.

3) Drive used in the names of streets

25 Oakwood Drive

4) [countable] computing the part of a computer that sends or receives information from a disk
floppy/hard/CD-ROM drive:

First insert the disk into your floppy drive.

5) [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.

6) [countable] a feeling that makes you act in a particular way

instinctual desires and drives

7) [uncountable] the energy and determination that makes you try hard to achieve something

As a student she was full of drive and ambition.

8) [countable] a hard hit or kick of a ball
9) [uncountable] the power from an engine that turns the wheels of a vehicle

front-wheel drive


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