drive, thrust, driving force(noun)
the act of applying force to propel something
"after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"
a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine
"a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds"
campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement, effort(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"
political campaign, motility, driveway, thrust, exertion, case, reason, movement, apparent motion, private road, exploit, elbow grease, motion, attempt, causal agent, driving force, move, apparent movement, grounds, front, bowel movement, driving, cause, bm, causa, military campaign, travail, crusade, trend, feat, endeavour, parkway, social movement, sweat, safari, ride, run, campaign, drift, try, hunting expedition, effort, causal agency, lawsuit, endeavor, suit
driveway, drive, private road(noun)
a road leading up to a private house
"they parked in the driveway"
the trait of being highly motivated
"his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"
hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver
"he sliced his drive out of bounds"
the act of driving a herd of animals overland
a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)
"he took the family for a drive in his new car"
a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire
(computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium
a wide scenic road planted with trees
"the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views"
(sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)
operate or control a vehicle
"drive a car or bus"; "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"
travel or be transported in a vehicle
"We drove to the university every morning"; "They motored to London for the theater"
cause someone or something to move by driving
"She drove me to school every day"; "We drove the car to the garage"
force, drive, ram(verb)
force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically
"She rammed her mind into focus"; "He drives me mad"
tug, pressure, force back, thrust, get, ram, crash, hale, jam, take, impel, repel, cram, aim, storm, pull, coerce, ride, pound, chock up, wad, ram down, labour, motor, squeeze, push, repulse, force, draw, labor, wedge, jampack, push back, beat back
to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly
"She is driven by her passion"
repel, drive, repulse, force back, push back, beat back(verb)
cause to move back by force or influence
"repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders"
compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment
"She finally drove him to change jobs"
push, propel, or press with force
"Drive a nail into the wall"
cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force
"drive the ball far out into the field"
tug, labor, labour, push, drive(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"
fight, force back, crowd, lug, get, dig, ram, drudge, moil, press, tug, agitate, advertize, take, repel, aim, promote, travail, crusade, labour, motor, advertise, grind, bear on, repulse, labor, force, ride, push, campaign, tote, push back, toil, beat back
drive, get, aim(verb)
move into a desired direction of discourse
"What are you driving at?"
take, make, start, mystify, experience, develop, take aim, force, draw, have, become, sustain, receive, calculate, scram, beat back, go, stimulate, sire, engender, fix, pay back, repulse, stick, suffer, beat, force back, set about, get down, incur, contract, bring forth, grow, shoot for, dumbfound, stupefy, push back, point, train, arrest, propose, ride, bring, bewilder, mother, motor, buzz off, catch, let, obtain, beget, puzzle, flummox, get, aspire, generate, labour, find, amaze, baffle, produce, draw a bead on, vex, start out, pose, capture, aim, induce, direct, perplex, get under one's skin, gravel, begin, fetch, labor, ram, father, repel, commence, target, arrive, set out, convey, purpose, acquire, come, pay off, purport, bugger off, tug, cause, push, place, nonplus
have certain properties when driven
"This car rides smoothly"; "My new truck drives well"
tug, force back, sit, get, tease, ram, depend upon, tantalise, take, rally, repel, hinge on, turn on, aim, ride, depend on, devolve on, hinge upon, labour, motor, razz, push, tantalize, repulse, cod, taunt, rag, labor, mount, force, push back, bait, twit, beat back
work as a driver
"He drives a bread truck"; "She drives for the taxi company in Newark"
move by being propelled by a force
"The car drove around the corner"
"drive the cows into the barn"
proceed along in a vehicle
"We drive the turnpike to work"
require, take, read, occupy, subscribe to, withdraw, make, lead, ingest, take on, carry, deal, assume, have, hold, choose, study, learn, fill, exact, necessitate, beat back, consume, hire, consider, need, rent, pick out, force back, ram, contract, adopt, film, remove, repel, push back, lease, take aim, take up, ride, bring, strike, use up, repulse, motor, select, push, claim, demand, train, get, get hold of, labour, take away, pack, call for, take in, submit, force, shoot, aim, direct, charter, contain, labor, subscribe, convey, involve, acquire, look at, postulate, accept, guide, admit, tug, engage, ask, conduct
strike with a driver, as in teeing off
"drive a golf ball"
hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally
"drive a ball"
"drive a tunnel"
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"
hunting: search for game
"drive the forest"
hunting: chase from cover into more open ground
"drive the game"
To travel by operating a wheeled motorized vehicle.
I drive to work every day.
To herd (animals) in a particular direction.
Crassus had wealth and wit, but Pompey had drive and Caesar as much again.
To direct a vehicle powered by a horse, ox or similar animal.
Napoleon's drive on Moscow was as determined as it was disastrous.
To cause animals to flee out of.
The beaters drove the brambles, causing a great rush of rabbits and other creatures.
To move (something) by hitting it with great force.
You drive nails into wood with a hammer.
To cause (a mechanism) to operate.
The pistons drive the crankshaft.
To operate (a wheeled motorized vehicle).
Beverly Hills’ most famous street is Rodeo Drive.
To motivate; to provide an incentive for.
What drives a person to run a marathon?
To compel (to do something).
Their debts finally drove them to sell the business.
To cause to become.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
To drive is to move an object with some force or violence before or away from oneself; it is the direct reverse of draw, lead, etc. A man leads a horse by the halter, drives him with whip and rein. One may be driven to a thing or from it; hence, drive is a synonym equally for compel or for repel or repulse. Repulse is stronger and more conclusive than repel; one may be repelled by the very aspect of the person whose favor he seeks, but is not repulsed except by the direct refusal or ignoring of his suit. A certain conventional modern usage, especially in England, requires us to say that we drive in a carriage, ride upon a horse; tho in Scripture we read of riding in a chariot (2 Kings ix, 16; Jer. xvii, 25, etc.); good examples of the same usage may be found abundantly in the older English. The propriety of a person's saying that he is going to drive when he is simply to be conveyed in a carriage, where some one else, as the coachman, does all the driving, is exceedingly questionable. Many good authorities prefer to use ride in the older and broader sense as signifying to be supported and borne along by any means of conveyance. Compare BANISH; COMPEL; INFLUENCE.
See synonyms for DRAW.
Drive to market; to despair; drive into exile; from one's presence; out of the city; drive by, with, or under the lash; drive by or past beautiful estates; along the beach; beside the river; through the park; across the field; around the square; to the door; into the barn; out of the sunshine.
Dictionary of English Synonymes
guide (by reins)
ride in a carriage
Translations for drive
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- قاد, ساقَArabic
- гнаць, ганя́цьBelarusian
- стимул, возене, гоня́, задвижвам, мотивирам, принуждавам, карамBulgarian
- conduirCatalan, Valencian
- příjezdový, cesta, tažení, náhon, pud, mechanika, tah na bránu, projížďka, řídit, hnátCzech
- Weg, Laufwerk, Drive, Abschlag, Fahrt, Zufahrt, Trieb, Antrieb, Auffahrt, Einfahrt, schlagen, einschlagen, treiben, fahren, antreibenGerman
- guiar, manejar, motivar, conducir, llevarSpanish
- sõitma, juhtimaEstonian
- روندن, انگیختن, واداشتن, راندن, برانگیختنPersian
- tie, asema, laakapallo, eteneminen, käyttö, massamuisti, ajuri, draivi, motivaatio, ajo, kuljettaa, iskeä, ohjata, pyörittää, pakottaa, ajaa, tehdä, paimentaa, lyödä, käyttää, motivoida, kuskataFinnish
- avancée, lecteur, motivation, volonté, offensive, pulsion, rendre, conduire, battre, chasser, pousser, aller, guider, enfoncer, emmenerFrench
- céide, tiomáinIrish
- clàr-inneal, iomain, sligheScottish Gaelic
- הניע, נהג, הסיעHebrew
- vezet, hajt, autózik, hajtásHungarian
- guidare, condurre, rendereItalian
- ドライブ, 気迫, 運転, 追う, 打ち込む, 駆るJapanese
- 드라이브, 운전하다Korean
- varyti, įvarytiLithuanian
- uruhi, taraiwa, haukuru, tāwhiuMāori
- samendrijven, drijven, indrijven, aandrijven, motiveren, maken, voortdrijven, besturen, rijden, pendelenDutch
- køyra, køyreNorwegian Nynorsk
- wbić, gnać, wbijać, napędPolish
- desejo, tanger, dirigir, tocar, conduzirPortuguese
- mâna, conduce, ghidaRomanian
- напористость, драйв, пое́здка, накопитель, побуждение, стимул, езда́, проезд, дисковод, подъездная дорога, гнать, гоня́ть, заби́ть, води́ть, управля́ть, сподвигать, везти́, забива́ть, вести́, е́хать, е́здить, вози́тьRussian
- го̀нити, gònitiSerbo-Croatian
- hnať, šoférovať, riadiťSlovak
- vožnja, dovoz, gon, voziti, gonitiSlovene
- drift, driv, tur, tåg, fälttåg, infart, uppfart, drivkraft, drev, färd, kampanj, åktur, väg, drivenhet, köra, valla, driva, åka, framföra, driva på, sporraSwedish
- ганя́ти, гна́тиUkrainian
- lái xeVietnamese
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