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drive (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) to frighten or prod (as game or cattle) into moving in a desired direction
b) to go through (an area) game animals - driving
2.
to carry on or through energetically - drives a hard bargain
3.
a) to impart a forward motion to by physical force - waves drove the boat ashore
b) to repulse, remove, or cause to go by force, authority, or influence - drive the enemy back
c) to set or keep in motion or operation - drive machinery by electricity
d) basketball to move quickly and forcefully down or along - drive the lane drive the baseline
4.
a) to direct the motions and course of (a draft animal)
b) to operate the mechanism and controls and direct the course of (as a vehicle) - drive a car
c) to convey in a vehicle - his father drove me home
d) to float (logs) down a stream
5.
a) to exert inescapable or coercive pressure on - force driven by his passions
b) to compel to undergo or suffer a change (as in situation or emotional state) - drove him crazy drove her out of business
c) to urge relentlessly to continuous exertion - the sergeant drove his recruits
d) to press or force into an activity, course, or direction - the drug habit drives addicts to steal
e) to project, inject, or impress incisively - drove her point home
6.
to force (a passage) by pressing or digging
7.
a) to propel (an object of play) swiftly or forcefully - drove a long fly ball to the warning track
b) to hit (a golf ball) from the tee especially with a - driver , also to drive a golf ball onto (a green)
c) to cause (a run or runner) to be scored in baseball - usually used with in
8.
intransitive verb
to give shape or impulse to - factors that drive the business cycle the ideas that have driven history
1.
a) to dash, plunge, or surge ahead rapidly or violently
b) to progress with strong momentum - the rain was driving hard
c) to make a quick and forceful move in basketball - driving to the hoop
2.
a) to operate a vehicle
b) to have oneself carried in a vehicle
3.
to drive a golf ball move
drive (noun)
1.
an act of - driving
a) a trip in a carriage or automobile - a short drive to the coast
b) a collection and driving together of animals , also the animals gathered
c) a driving of cattle or sheep overland
d) a hunt or shoot in which the game is within the hunter's range - driven
e) the guiding of logs downstream to a mill , also the floating logs amassed in a drive
f) (1) the act or an instance of driving an object of play (as a golf ball)
(2) the flight of a ball - a high drive to left field
2.
a) a private road - driveway
b) a public road for driving (as in a park)
3.
the state of being hurried and under pressure
4.
a) a strong systematic group effort - a fund-raising drive
b) a sustained offensive effort - the drive ended in a touchdown
5.
a) the means for giving motion to a machine or machine part
b) the means by which the propulsive power of an automobile is applied to the road - front wheel drive
c) the means by which the propulsion of an automotive vehicle is controlled and directed - a left-hand drive
6.
a) an offensive, aggressive, or expansionist move , especially a strong military attack against enemy-held terrain
b) a quick and aggressive move toward the basket in basketball
7.
a) an urgent, basic, or instinctual need a motivating physiological condition of an organism - a sexual drive
b) an impelling culturally acquired concern, interest, or longing - the drive to succeed
c) dynamic quality
8.
a device for reading or writing on magnetic or optical media (as tapes or disks)
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
drive (noun)
1.
a passage cleared for public vehicular travel
SYNONIMS:
arterial, artery, avenue, boulevard, carriageway, drag, drive, expressway, freeway, high road, highway, pass, pike, road, roadway, route, row, street, thoroughfare, thruway, trace, turnpike
RELATED WORDS:
causeway; autobahn, autoroute, autostrada, dual carriageway [], interstate, motorway [], superhighway; beltway, bypass, parkway, ring road []; corniche, switchback; through street; high street [], Main Street; backstreet, branch, bystreet, byway, crossroad, secondary road, shunpike, side road, side street; alley, alleyway; circle, lane, laneway [], mews [], place; close [], cul-de-sac, dead end; corridor; track, trail
drive (noun)
2.
a series of activities undertaken to achieve a goal
SYNONIMS:
bandwagon, blitz, cause, crusade, drive, juggernaut, movement, push
RELATED WORDS:
assault, attack, maneuver, march, offensive; action, bid, enterprise, initiative, mission, project, undertaking
drive (noun)
3.
a strong wish for something
SYNONIMS:
appetency, appetite, craving, drive, hankering, hunger, itch, jones, letch, longing, lust, passion, pining, thirst, thirstiness, urge, yearning, yen
RELATED WORDS:
compulsion, impulse, impulsion, will, zeal; liking, love, taste, weakness; eagerness, impatience; want, wish; necessity, need, requirement; obsession; acquisitiveness, avarice, avariciousness, avidity, covetousness, cupidity, greed, greediness, rapaciousness, rapacity; cacoëthes, mania
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abhorrence, abomination, allergy, averseness, aversion, disfavor, disgust, disinclination, dislike, disliking, distaste, hatred, loathing, nausea, repugnance, repulsion, revulsion; apathy, indifference, insouciance, nonchalance, unconcern
drive (noun)
4.
active strength of body or mind
SYNONIMS:
beans, bounce, brio, dash, drive, dynamism, energy, esprit, gas, get-up-and-go, ginger, go, gusto, hardihood, juice, life, moxie, oomph, pep, punch, sap, snap, starch, verve, vim, vinegar, vitality, zing, zip
RELATED WORDS:
animal spirits, animation, briskness, jauntiness, liveliness, snappiness, spirit, spiritedness, sprightliness, spunk, spunkiness, vibrance, vibrancy, vivaciousness, vivacity; ardor, élan, fervor, fire, passion, zeal; main, metal, mettle, might, muscle, potency, power, puissance, stamina, strength; brawniness, fitness, hardiness, huskiness, sturdiness, virility; health, healthiness, soundness, verdure, wellness
NEAR ANTONYMS:
indolence, laziness; debilitation, debility, delicacy, disablement, enfeeblement, faintness, feebleness, frailness, frailty, impotence, impotency, infirmity, powerlessness, puniness, slightness, softness, tenderness, weakness; enervation, exhaustion, inanition, prostration
lethargy, listlessness, sluggishness, torpidity
drive (noun)
5.
readiness to engage in daring or difficult activity
SYNONIMS:
action, aggressiveness, ambition, drive, go, hustle, initiative
RELATED WORDS:
grit, gumption, pluck, snap, spirit, spunk, starch; ambitiousness, killer instinct, overambitiousness; assertiveness, self-reliance; energy, hardihood, pep, vigor, vitality
NEAR ANTONYMS:
inactivity, inertia, passivity; diffidence, faintheartedness, timidity; hesitation, reluctance; indolence, laziness, lethargy
drive (verb)
1.
to urge, push, or force onward
SYNONIMS:
herd, punch, run
RELATED WORDS:
shepherd; wrangle; egg, exhort, flog, goad, hound, press, prick, prod, prompt, scourge, spur, whip
drive (verb)
2.
to travel by a motorized vehicle
SYNONIMS:
automobile, motor, tool
RELATED WORDS:
roll, wheel; joyride; chauffeur, hack, taxi; ride; drag, race
drive (verb)
3.
to apply force to (someone or something) so that it moves in front of one
SYNONIMS:
drive, propel, shove, thrust
RELATED WORDS:
impel, move; bear (down), compress, depress, jam, pressure, squash, squeeze, weigh (upon); bulldoze, compel, force, lean (on against), muscle, ram
drive (verb)
4.
to cause (a person) to give in to pressure
SYNONIMS:
blackjack, coerce, compel, constrain, dragoon, drive, impel, impress, make, muscle, obligate, oblige, press, pressure, sandbag
RELATED WORDS:
browbeat, bulldoze, bully, cow, hector, intimidate; blackmail, high-pressure, menace, shame, terrorize, threaten; drag; badger, harass, hound
NEAR ANTONYMS:
allow, let, permit; argue, convince, induce, move, persuade, prevail (on upon), satisfy, talk (into), win (over)
drive (verb)
5.
to cause to function
SYNONIMS:
actuate, crank (up), drive, move, run, set off, spark, start, touch off, trigger, turn on
RELATED WORDS:
kick over, turn over; charge, electrify, energize, fire, fuel, generate, power, push; discharge, launch, release, switch, trip; reactivate, recharge; arouse, excite, jump-start, kick-start, stimulate, vitalize; ignite, incite, instigate, provoke, quicken, stir up; accelerate, catalyze, speed (up), step up
NEAR ANTONYMS:
arrest, brake, check, cut off, draw up, halt, jam, stall, stick, stop; decelerate, repress, slow, stunt, suppress
cut, cut out, deactivate, kill, shut off, turn off
drive (verb)
6.
to set or keep in motion
SYNONIMS:
actuate, drive, impel, propel, work
RELATED WORDS:
activate, motivate, provoke; abet, ferment, foment, incite, raise, stir (up), whip (up); set off, trigger, trip; arouse, excite, fire (up), galvanize, inflame ( enflame), inspire, instigate, rouse, stimulate
NEAR ANTONYMS:
bridle, check, constrain, contain, control, curb, inhibit, regulate, rein (in), restrain
drive (verb)
7.
to proceed or move quickly
SYNONIMS:
barrel, belt, blast, blaze, blow, bolt, bomb, bowl, breeze, bundle, bustle, buzz, cannonball, careen, career, chase, course, crack (on), dash, drive, fly, hare, hasten, hie, highball, hotfoot (it), hump, hurl, hurtle, hustle, jet, jump, motor, nip, pelt, race, ram, rip, rocket, run, rush, rustle, scoot, scurry, scuttle, shoot, speed, step, tear, travel, trot, whirl, whisk, zip, zoom
RELATED WORDS:
beetle, dart, flit, scamper, scud, scuffle; stampede, streak, whiz ( whizz); gallop, jog, sprint; accelerate, quicken, step out; catch up, fast-forward, outpace, outrun, outstrip, overtake; arrow, beeline
NEAR ANTONYMS:
dally, dawdle, dillydally, drag, hang (around out), lag, linger, loiter, poke, tarry; amble, lumber, plod, saunter, shuffle, stroll; decelerate, slow (down up)
crawl, creep, poke
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