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  1. [noun] the act of applying force to propel something; "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"
    Synonyms: thrust, driving force

  2. [noun] a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine; "a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds"

  3. [noun] a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort"
    Synonyms: campaign, cause, crusade, movement, effort

  4. [noun] a road leading up to a private house; "they parked in the driveway"
    Synonyms: way, private road

  5. [noun] the trait of being highly motivated; "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"

  6. [noun] hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver; "he sliced his drive out of bounds"
    Synonyms: driving

  7. [noun] the act of driving a herd of animals overland

  8. [noun] a journey in a vehicle driven by someone else; "he took the family for a drive in his new car"
    Synonyms: ride

  9. [noun] a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire

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

  11. [noun] a wide scenic road planted with trees; "the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views"
    Synonyms: parkway

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

  13. [verb] operate or control a vehicle; "drive a car or bus"; "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"

  14. [verb] travel or be transported in a vehicle; "We drove to the university every morning"; "They motored to London for the theater"
    Synonyms: motor

  15. [verb] cause someone or something to move by driving; "She drove me to school every day"; "We drove the car to the garage"

  16. [verb] force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; "She rammed her mind into focus"; "He drives me mad"
    Synonyms: force, ram

  17. [verb] to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly; "She is driven by her passion"

  18. [verb] cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders"
    Synonyms: repel, repulse, force back, push back, beat back

  19. [verb] compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment; "She finally drove him to change jobs"

  20. [verb] push, propel, or press with force; "Drive a nail into the wall"

  21. [verb] cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force; "drive the ball far out into the field"

  22. [verb] strive and make an effort to reach a goal; "She tugged for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"
    Synonyms: tug, labor, labour, push

  23. [verb] move into a desired direction of discourse; "What are you driving at?"
    Synonyms: get, aim

  24. [verb] have certain properties when driven; "This car rides smoothly"; "My new truck drives well"
    Synonyms: ride

  25. [verb] work as a driver; "He drives a bread truck"; "She drives for the taxi company in Newark"

  26. [verb] move by being propelled by a force; "The car drove around the corner"

  27. [verb] urge forward; "drive the cows into the barn"

  28. [verb] proceed along in a vehicle; "We drive the turnpike to work"
    Synonyms: take

  29. [verb] strike with a driver, as in teeing off; "drive a golfball"

  30. [verb] hit very hard and straight with the bat swinging more or less vertically; "drive a ball"

  31. [verb] excavate horizontally; "drive a tunnel"

  32. [verb] 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"

  33. [verb] hunting: search for game; "drive the forest"

  34. [verb] hunting: chase from cover into more open ground; "drive the game"


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