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Definition 1: a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he took the family for a drive in his new car

Synonyms for drive in the sense of this definition

(drive is a kind of ...) the act of traveling from one place to another

(... is a kind of drive ) a ride in a car

"he gave me a lift home"

(... is a kind of drive ) a ride in a car taken solely for pleasure

"they took their girlfriends for joyrides in stolen cars"

(... is a kind of drive ) a short drive in a car

"he took the new car for a spin"

Definition 2: a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end - [noun denoting act]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for drive in the sense of this definition

(drive is a kind of ...) any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome

(... is a kind of drive ) a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious

"the war on poverty" "the war against crime"

(... is a kind of drive ) a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices

"the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"

(... is a kind of drive ) a defeated cause or a cause for which defeat is inevitable

(... is a kind of drive ) the movement aimed at liberating homosexuals from legal or social or economic oppression

(... is a kind of drive ) the movement aimed at equal rights for women

(... is a kind of drive ) a campaign to raise money for some cause

(... is a kind of drive ) the campaign of a candidate to be elected

(... is a kind of drive ) a movement advocating greater protection of the interests of consumers

(... is a kind of drive ) a campaign of flattery and friendliness (by a company, politician, etc.) to become more popular and gain support

(... is a kind of drive ) a campaign against entering or continuing a war

(... is a kind of drive ) an organized program of advertisements

(... is a kind of drive ) political or religious or social reform movement or agitation consisting chiefly of young people

Definition 3: hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver - [noun denoting act]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he sliced his drive out of bounds

Synonyms for drive in the sense of this definition

(drive is a kind of ...) the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it

Definition 4: the act of applying force to propel something - [noun denoting act]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off

Synonyms for drive in the sense of this definition

(drive is a kind of ...) the act of propelling

(... is a kind of drive ) (colloquial) the application of maximum thrust

"he moved the throttle to the firewall"

(... is a kind of drive ) the act of applying force suddenly

"the impulse knocked him over"

Definition 5: (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash) - [noun denoting act]

(drive is a kind of ...) a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player

"he won the point on a cross-court return"

(... is a kind of drive ) (sports) hard straight return made on the forehand side (as in tennis or badminton or squash)

(... is a kind of drive ) a hard straight return made on the backhand side

(drive belongs to category ...) a game played in an enclosed court by two or four players who strike the ball with long-handled rackets

(drive belongs to category ...) a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court

Definition 6: the act of driving a herd of animals overland - [noun denoting act]

(drive is a kind of ...) the act of moving something from one location to another

(... is a kind of drive ) driving a bovine herd (as cows or bulls or steers)

Definition 7: a wide scenic road planted with trees - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views

Synonyms for drive in the sense of this definition

(drive is a kind of ...) an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation

Definition 8: a road leading up to a private house - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they parked in the driveway

Synonyms for drive in the sense of this definition

(drive is a kind of ...) an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation

(drive is a part of ...) an area sufficiently large for a vehicle to turn around

Definition 9: a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds

(drive is a kind of ...) device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function

(... is a kind of drive ) a spirally grooved spindle in a clock that counteracts the diminishing power of the uncoiling mainspring

Definition 10: (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium - [noun denoting artifact]

(drive is a kind of ...) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

(... is a kind of drive ) a drive that reads a compact disc and that is connected to an audio system

(... is a kind of drive ) a drive that is connected to a computer and on which a CD-ROM can be `played'

(... is a kind of drive ) computer hardware that holds and spins a magnetic or optical disk and reads and writes information on it

(... is a kind of drive ) a drive with its own power supply and fan mounted outside the computer system enclosure and connected to the computer by a cable

(... is a kind of drive ) a drive mounted inside of a computer

(... is a kind of drive ) (computer science) a virtual drive that is created by setting aside part of the random-access memory to use as if it were a group of sectors

"access to a RAM disk is very fast but the data it contains is lost when the system is turned off"

(drive is a part of ...) any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts

(drive belongs to category ...) the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures

Definition 11: the trait of being highly motivated - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers

(drive is a kind of ...) a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

(... is a kind of drive ) the trait of being active and energetic and forceful

"a man of action"

(... is a kind of drive ) readiness to embark on bold new ventures

(... is a kind of drive ) a strong drive for success

(... is a kind of drive ) enterprising or ambitious drive

"Europeans often laugh at American energy"

(... is a kind of drive ) the quality of being bold and enterprising

Definition 12: a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire - [noun denoting state]

(drive is a kind of ...) the condition or state of the body or bodily functions

(... is a kind of drive ) a physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation

(... is a kind of drive ) a physiological need to drink

(... is a kind of drive ) a physiological need for sexual activity

"testosterone is responsible for the male sex drive"

(... is a kind of drive ) oxygen deficiency causing a very strong drive to correct the deficiency

Definition 13: move into a desired direction of discourse - [verb of communication]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • What are you driving at?

Synonyms for drive in the sense of this definition

(drive is a kind of ...) mean or intend to express or convey

"You never understand what I mean!" "what do his words intend?"

Definition 14: (hunting) chase from cover into more open ground - [verb of competition]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • drive the game

(drive is a kind of ...) pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)

"Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland" "The dogs are running deer" "The Duke hunted in these woods"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) (hunting) search for game

"drive the forest"

(drive belongs to category ...) the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport

Definition 15: (hunting) search for game - [verb of competition]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • drive the forest

(drive is a kind of ...) pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)

"Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland" "The dogs are running deer" "The Duke hunted in these woods"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) (hunting) chase from cover into more open ground

"drive the game"

(drive belongs to category ...) the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport

Definition 16: cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling - [verb of consumption]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The amplifier drives the tube
  • steam drives the engines
  • this device drives the disks for the computer

(drive is a kind of ...) supply the force or power for the functioning of

"The gasoline powers the engines"

Definition 17: force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically - [verb of contact]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She rammed her mind into focus
  • He drives me mad

Synonyms for drive in the sense of this definition

(drive is a kind of ...) push forcefully

"He thrust his chin forward"

(... is a kind of drive ) drive obliquely

"toe a nail"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment

"She finally drove him to change jobs"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly

"She is driven by her passion"

Definition 18: cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force - [verb of contact]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • drive the ball far out into the field

(drive is a kind of ...) propel through the air

"throw a frisbee"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) strike with a driver, as in teeing off

"drive a golf ball"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) cause to move back by force or influence

"repel the enemy" "push back the urge to smoke" "beat back the invaders"

Definition 19: hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally - [verb of contact]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • drive a ball

(drive is a kind of ...) cause to move by striking

"hit a ball"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) strike with a driver, as in teeing off

"drive a golf ball"

(drive belongs to category ...) an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

Definition 20: strike with a driver, as in teeing off - [verb of contact]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • drive a golf ball

(drive is a kind of ...) cause to move by striking

"hit a ball"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally

"drive a ball"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force

"drive the ball far out into the field"

(drive belongs to category ...) a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes; the object is use as few strokes as possible in playing all the holes

Definition 21: excavate horizontally - [verb of contact]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • drive a tunnel

(drive is a kind of ...) remove the inner part or the core of

"the mining company wants to excavate the hillside"

(drive belongs to category ...) the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth

Definition 22: push, propel, or press with force - [verb of contact]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Drive a nail into the wall

(drive is a kind of ...) cause to move forward with force

"Steam propels this ship"

Definition 23: cause to move back by force or influence - [verb of contact]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • repel the enemy
  • push back the urge to smoke
  • beat back the invaders

Synonyms for drive in the sense of this definition

(drive is a kind of ...) move with force

"He pushed the table into a corner"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force

"drive the ball far out into the field"

Definition 24: compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment - [verb of creation]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She finally drove him to change jobs

(drive is a kind of ...) compel or make somebody or something to act in a certain way

"People cannot be made to integrate just by passing a law!" "Heat makes you sweat"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically

"She rammed her mind into focus" "He drives me mad"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly

"She is driven by her passion"

Definition 25: travel or be transported in a vehicle - [verb of motion]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We drove to the university every morning
  • They motored to London for the theater

Synonyms for drive in the sense of this definition

(drive is a kind of ...) move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body

"You must carry your camping gear" "carry the suitcases to the car" "This train is carrying nuclear waste" "These pipes carry waste water into the river"

(drive is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(drive implies ...) be carried or travel on or in a vehicle

"I ride to work in a bus" "He rides the subway downtown every day"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) proceed along in a vehicle

"We drive the turnpike to work"

(drive belongs to category ...) the act of controlling and steering the movement of a vehicle or animal

Definition 26: operate or control a vehicle - [verb of motion]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • drive a car or bus
  • Can you drive this four-wheel truck?

(drive is a kind of ...) handle and cause to function

"do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol" "control the lever"

(... is a kind of drive ) drive a coach

(... is a kind of drive ) test a vehicle by driving it

"I want to test drive the new Porsche"

(... is a kind of drive ) move by being propelled by a force

"The car drove around the corner"

(... is a kind of drive ) drive

"The convertible tooled down the street"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) proceed along in a vehicle

"We drive the turnpike to work"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) work as a driver

"He drives a bread truck" "She drives for the taxi company in Newark"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) have certain properties when driven

"This car rides smoothly" "My new truck drives well"

(drive belongs to category ...) the act of controlling and steering the movement of a vehicle or animal

Definition 27: cause someone or something to move by driving - [verb of motion]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She drove me to school every day
  • We drove the car to the garage

(drive is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of drive ) steer into a certain direction

"pull one's horse to a stand" "Pull the car over"

(... is a kind of drive ) drive someone in a vehicle

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) proceed along in a vehicle

"We drive the turnpike to work"

Definition 28: move by being propelled by a force - [verb of motion]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The car drove around the corner

(drive is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(drive is a kind of ...) operate or control a vehicle

"drive a car or bus" "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"

(... is a kind of drive ) move into a certain direction

"the car pulls to the right"

Definition 29: urge forward - [verb of motion]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • drive the cows into the barn

(drive is a kind of ...) move with force

"He pushed the table into a corner"

(... is a kind of drive ) drive (a team of dogs or a dogsled)

Definition 30: proceed along in a vehicle - [verb of motion]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We drive the turnpike to work

Synonyms for drive in the sense of this definition

(drive is a kind of ...) travel across or pass over

"The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) travel or be transported in a vehicle

"We drove to the university every morning" "They motored to London for the theater"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) operate or control a vehicle

"drive a car or bus" "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) cause someone or something to move by driving

"She drove me to school every day" "We drove the car to the garage"

(drive belongs to category ...) the act of controlling and steering the movement of a vehicle or animal

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for drive in the sense of this definition

(drive is a kind of ...) make a strenuous or labored effort

"She struggled for years to survive without welfare" "He fought for breath"

(... is a kind of drive ) to exert much effort or energy

"straining our ears to hear"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action

"He pushed her to finish her doctorate"

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She is driven by her passion

(drive is a kind of ...) to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means

"She forced him to take a job in the city" "He squeezed her for information"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically

"She rammed her mind into focus" "He drives me mad"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment

"She finally drove him to change jobs"

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He drives a bread truck
  • She drives for the taxi company in Newark

(drive is a kind of ...) be employed

"Is your husband working again?" "My wife never worked" "Do you want to work after the age of 60?" "She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money" "She works as a waitress to put herself through college"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) operate or control a vehicle

"drive a car or bus" "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"

Definition 34: have certain properties when driven - [verb of stative]

Samples where drive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This car rides smoothly
  • My new truck drives well

Synonyms for drive in the sense of this definition

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) operate or control a vehicle

"drive a car or bus" "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"

(drive has a similar meaning as ...) be carried or travel on or in a vehicle

"I ride to work in a bus" "He rides the subway downtown every day"

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