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drive (v.)

Old English drifan "to compel or urge to move, impel in some direction or manner; to hunt (deer), pursue; to rush against" (class I strong verb; past tense draf, past participle drifen), from Proto-Germanic *dreibanan (source also of Old Frisian driva"I lead, impel, drive (away)," Old Saxon driban, Dutch drijven, Old High German triban, German treiben, Old Norse drifa, Gothic dreiban "to drive"), perhaps from PIE root *dhreibh- "to drive, push," but it may be a Germanic isolated word.

Used in Old English of nails, ships, plows, vehicles, cattle; in Middle English of bargains. Meaning "compel or incite to action or condition of any kind" (drive mad) is by late 12c. Sense of "work with energy, labor actively" is c. 1200; that of "aim a blow" is by early 14c.. Transitive meaning "convey (someone) in a carriage," later an automobile, is from 1660s. The original sense of "pushing from behind" was altered in Modern English by application to automobiles. Related: Driving.

MILLER: "The more you drive, the less intelligent you are." ["Repo Man," 1984]

drive (n.)

1690s, "an act of driving, the action of driving," from drive (v.). Sense of "course upon which carriages are driven" is from 1816 (hence its use in road and street names). Meaning "an excursion by vehicle" is from 1785.

Golfing sense of "forcible blow" is from 1836; in cricket from 1827, later also in baseball. Meaning "organized effort to raise money" is by 1889, American English. Sense of "dynamism" is from 1908. As a motor engine transmission lever position, by 1963. The computing sense "location capable of storing and reading a disk, etc." is by 1963.

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Definitions of drive from WordNet
1
drive (v.)
operate or control a vehicle;
drive a car or bus
Can you drive this four-wheel truck?
drive (v.)
travel or be transported in a vehicle;
We drove to the university every morning
Synonyms: motor
drive (v.)
cause someone or something to move by driving;
She drove me to school every day
We drove the car to the garage
drive (v.)
force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically;
He drives me mad
Synonyms: force / ram
drive (v.)
to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly;
She is driven by her passion
drive (v.)
cause to move back by force or influence;
Synonyms: repel / repulse / force back / push back / beat back
drive (v.)
compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment;
She finally drove him to change jobs
drive (v.)
push, propel, or press with force;
drive (v.)
cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force;
drive the ball far out into the field
drive (v.)
strive and make an effort to reach a goal;
Synonyms: tug / labor / labour / push
drive (v.)
move into a desired direction of discourse;
Synonyms: get / aim
drive (v.)
have certain properties when driven;
My new truck drives well
Synonyms: ride
drive (v.)
work as a driver;
She drives for the taxi company in Newark
He drives a bread truck
drive (v.)
move by being propelled by a force;
The car drove around the corner
drive (v.)
urge forward;
drive the cows into the barn
drive (v.)
proceed along in a vehicle;
We drive the turnpike to work
Synonyms: take
drive (v.)
strike with a driver, as in teeing off;
drive a golf ball
drive (v.)
hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally;
drive a ball
drive (v.)
excavate horizontally;
drive a tunnel
drive (v.)
cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling;
The amplifier drives the tube
this device drives the disks for the computer
steam drives the engines
drive (v.)
(hunting) search for game;
drive the forest
drive (v.)
(hunting) chase from cover into more open ground;
drive the game
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drive (n.)
the act of applying force to propel something;
after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off
Synonyms: thrust / driving force
drive (n.)
a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine;
a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds
drive (n.)
a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end;
the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant
Synonyms: campaign / cause / crusade / movement / effort
drive (n.)
a road leading up to a private house;
Synonyms: driveway / private road
drive (n.)
the trait of being highly motivated;
his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers
drive (n.)
hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver;
he sliced his drive out of bounds
Synonyms: driving
drive (n.)
the act of driving a herd of animals overland;
drive (n.)
a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile);
he took the family for a drive in his new car
Synonyms: ride
drive (n.)
a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire;
drive (n.)
(computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium;
drive (n.)
a wide scenic road planted with trees;
the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views
Synonyms: parkway
drive (n.)
(sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash);
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