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English noun: drive

1. drive (act) the act of applying force to propel something

SamplesAfter reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off.

Synonymsdriving force, thrust

Broader (hypernym)actuation, propulsion

Narrower (hyponym)firewall, impetus, impulse, impulsion

2. drive (artifact) a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine

SamplesA variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds.

Broader (hypernym)mechanism

Narrower (hyponym)fusee, fusee drive

3. drive (act) a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

SamplesHe 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.

Synonymscampaign, cause, crusade, effort, movement

Broader (hypernym)venture

Narrower (hyponym)ad blitz, ad campaign, advertising campaign, anti-war movement, campaigning, candidacy, candidature, charm campaign, consumerism, electioneering, feminism, feminist movement, fund-raising campaign, fund-raising drive, fund-raising effort, gay lib, gay liberation movement, lost cause, political campaign, reform, war, women's lib, women's liberation movement, youth crusade, youth movement

4. drive (artifact) a road leading up to a private house

SamplesThey parked in the driveway.

Synonymsdriveway, private road

Broader (hypernym)road, route

Part holonymturnaround

5. drive (attribute) the trait of being highly motivated

SamplesHis drive and energy exhausted his co-workers.

Broader (hypernym)trait

Narrower (hyponym)action, aggressiveness, ambition, ambitiousness, energy, enterprise, enterprisingness, get-up-and-go, go-ahead, initiative, push

6. drive (act) hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver

SamplesHe sliced his drive out of bounds.


Broader (hypernym)golf shot, golf stroke, swing

7. drive (act) the act of driving a herd of animals overland

Broader (hypernym)conveyance, transfer, transferral, transport, transportation

Narrower (hyponym)cattle drive

8. drive (act) a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)

SamplesHe took the family for a drive in his new car.


Broader (hypernym)journey, journeying

Narrower (hyponym)joyride, lift, spin

9. drive (state) a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire

Broader (hypernym)physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state

Narrower (hyponym)hunger, hungriness, hypoxia, sex drive, thirst, thirstiness

10. drive (artifact) (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium

Broader (hypernym)device

Narrower (hyponym)CD drive, CD-ROM drive, disc drive, disk drive, external drive, hard drive, internal drive, RAM disk, Winchester drive

Part holonymarbor, mandrel, mandril, spindle

Domain categorycomputer science, computing

11. drive (artifact) a wide scenic road planted with trees

SamplesThe riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views.


Broader (hypernym)road, route

12. drive (act) (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)

Broader (hypernym)return

Narrower (hyponym)backhand drive, forehand drive

Domain categorylawn tennis, squash, squash rackets, squash racquets, tennis

English verb: drive

1. drive (motion) operate or control a vehicle

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

ExamplesThey drive the car down the avenue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)control, operate

Narrower (hyponym)coach, drive, test drive, tool

Verb groupdrive, drive, drive, ride, take

Domain categorydriving

2. drive (motion) travel or be transported in a vehicle

SamplesWe drove to the university every morning.
They motored to London for the theater.

ExamplesThey drive up the hill


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Verb groupdrive, take

Domain categorydriving

3. drive (motion) cause someone or something to move by driving

SamplesShe drove me to school every day.
We drove the car to the garage.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)chauffeur, drive around, pull

Verb groupdrive, take

4. drive (contact) force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically

SamplesShe rammed her mind into focus.
He drives me mad.

Synonymsforce, ram

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)thrust

Narrower (hyponym)toe, toenail

Verb groupdrive, drive

5. drive (social) to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly

SamplesShe is driven by her passion.

ExamplesThey drive him to write the letter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze

Verb groupdrive, drive, force, ram

6. drive (contact) cause to move back by force or influence

SamplesRepel the enemy.
Push back the urge to smoke.
Beat back the invaders.

Synonymsbeat back, force back, push back, repel, repulse

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)force, push

Verb groupdrive

Antonymsattract, pull in, draw in, pull, draw

7. drive (creation) compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment

SamplesShe finally drove him to change jobs.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)make

Verb groupdrive, drive, force, ram

8. drive (contact) push, propel, or press with force

SamplesDrive a nail into the wall.

ExamplesThe horses drive across the field

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)impel, propel

9. drive (contact) cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force

SamplesDrive the ball far out into the field.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)throw

Verb groupbeat back, drive, drive, force back, push back, repel, repulse

10. drive (social) strive and make an effort to reach a goal

SamplesShe 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.

Synonymslabor, labour, push, tug

Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)fight, struggle

Narrower (hyponym)reach, strain, strive

Verb groupbear on, push

11. drive (communication) move into a desired direction of discourse

SamplesWhat are you driving at?.

Synonymsaim, get

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)intend, mean

12. drive (stative) have certain properties when driven

SamplesThis car rides smoothly.
My new truck drives well.

ExamplesThese cars won't drive


Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun

Verb groupdrive, ride

13. drive (social) work as a driver

SamplesHe drives a bread truck.
She drives for the taxi company in Newark.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)do work, work

Verb groupdrive

14. drive (motion) move by being propelled by a force

SamplesThe car drove around the corner.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)drive, go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)pull

15. drive (motion) urge forward

SamplesDrive the cows into the barn.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)force, push

Narrower (hyponym)mush

16. drive (motion) proceed along in a vehicle

SamplesWe drive the turnpike to work.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cover, cross, cut across, cut through, get across, get over, pass over, track, traverse

Verb groupdrive, drive, drive, motor

Domain categorydriving

17. drive (contact) strike with a driver, as in teeing off

SamplesDrive a golf ball.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hit

Verb groupdrive, drive

Domain categorygolf, golf game

18. drive (contact) hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally

SamplesDrive a ball.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hit

Verb groupdrive

Domain categoryathletics, sport

19. drive (contact) excavate horizontally

SamplesDrive a tunnel.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)dig, excavate, hollow

Domain categoryexcavation, mining

20. drive (consumption) cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling

SamplesThe amplifier drives the tube.
Steam drives the engines.
This device drives the disks for the computer.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)power

21. drive (competition) hunting: search for game

SamplesDrive the forest.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hunt, hunt down, run, track down

Verb groupdrive

22. drive (competition) hunting: chase from cover into more open ground

SamplesDrive the game.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hunt, hunt down, run, track down

Verb groupdrive

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