v. drove, driv•en, driv•ing, n.
1) to send, expel, or otherwise cause to move by force or compulsion:
to drive away the flies[/ex]
2) to cause and guide the movement of (a vehicle, an animal, etc.):
to drive a car; to drive a mule[/ex]
3) to convey in a vehicle:
to drive someone home[/ex]
4) to force to work or act:
He drove the workers until they collapsed[/ex]
5) to impel; constrain; urge; compel
6) to carry (business, an agreement, etc.) vigorously through:
to drive a hard bargain[/ex]
7) mac to keep (machinery) going
8) spo (in baseball)
a) to cause the advance of (a base runner) by a base hit or sacrifice fly
b) to cause (a run) to be scored by a base hit or sacrifice fly
9) spo to hit (a golf ball), esp. from the tee, as with a driver or driving iron
10) spo
a) to hit, propel, or kick (a ball, shuttlecock, puck, etc.) with much force
b) spo (in football) to advance (the ball) aggressively by various passing, carrying, and kicking strategies
11) spo
a) to chase (game)
b) to search (a district) for game
12) to float (logs) down a river or stream
13) min (in mining, construction, etc.) to excavate (a mine or tunnel heading)
14) to cause and guide the movement of a vehicle or animal, esp. to operate an automobile
15) to go or travel in a driven vehicle
16) spo to hit a golf ball, esp. from the tee, as with a driver or driving iron
17) to strive vigorously toward a goal or objective
18) to go along before an impelling force; be impelled:
The ship drove before the wind[/ex]
19) to rush or dash violently
20) phv drive at, to intend to convey
21) the act of driving
22) a trip in a vehicle, esp. a short pleasure trip
23) an impelling along, as of game, cattle, or floating logs, in a particular direction
24) the animals, logs, etc., thus driven
25) anb prs an inner urge that prompts activity directed toward the satisfaction of a basic, instinctive need:
hunger drive; sex drive[/ex]
26) a vigorous onset or onward course toward a goal or objective
27) mil a strong military offensive
28) a united effort to accomplish some specific purpose, esp. to raise money, as for a charity
29) energy and initiative; motivation
30) vigorous pressure or effort, as in business
31) a road for vehicles, as a scenic route along a highway or a short roadway approaching a house
32) mac a driving mechanism, as of an automobile:
gear drive[/ex]
33) aum the point or points of power application to the roadway:
four-wheel drive[/ex]
34) spo
a) an act or instance of driving a ball, puck, shuttlecock, or the like
b) the flight of a ball, puck, shuttlecock, or the like that has been driven with much force
35) spo a golf shot, esp. with a driver or driving iron from the tee, that is intended to carry a great distance
36) spo a hunt in which game is driven toward stationary hunters
Etymology: bef. 900; ME; OE drīfan driv′a•ble, drive′a•ble, adj.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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