drive1 S1 W1 past tense drove past participle driven
a) [intransitive and transitive]TTC
to make a car, truck, bus etc move along
drive to/down/off etc
I am planning to drive to Morocco next year.
the man driving the car
Can you drive?
So when did you learn to drive?
Bye! Drive carefully!
He drives 12 miles to work.
He drives (=has) a BMW estate.
b) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
if a car, truck etc drives somewhere, it moves there:
After the accident, the other car just drove off.
if people drive somewhere, they travel somewhere in a car:
Shall we drive or take the bus?
drive to/down/off etc
They drove back to Woodside.
to force a person or animal to go somewhere:
make somebody move[transitive]
Torrential rain drove the players off the course.
With a few loud whistles, they drove the donkeys out of the enclosure.
to strongly influence someone to do something
make somebody do something[transitive]
drive somebody to do something
The detective wondered what had driven Christine to phone her.
drive somebody to/into something
The noises in my head have nearly driven me to suicide.
Phil, driven by jealousy, started spying on his wife.
to make someone or something get into a bad or extreme state, usually an emotional one
make somebody/something be in a bad state[transitive]
drive somebody crazy/nuts/mad/insane (=make someone feel very annoyed)
This cough is driving me mad!
drive somebody crazy/wild (=make someone feel very sexually excited)
drive somebody up the wall/out of their mind (=make someone feel very annoyed)
drive somebody to distraction/desperation
The mosquitoes drive me to distraction.
drive somebody/something into something
The factory had been driven into bankruptcy.
to hit or push something into something else
hit/push something into something[transitive]
drive something into something
We watched Dad drive the posts into the ground.
She drove her heels into the sand.
to make a person or animal work hard
make somebody work[transitive]
Don't drive yourself too hard.
sports[intransitive and transitive]
to move a ball etc forward in a game of baseball, football, golf etc by hitting or kicking it hard and fast:
He drove the ball into the corner of the net.
to run with the ball towards the goal in sports such as basketball and American football
to provide the power for a vehicle or machine
a petrol-driven lawn mower
if rain, snow, wind etc drives somewhere, it moves very quickly in that direction:
rain/wind etc[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
The rain was driving down hard.
to destroy an argument, plan etc completely:
The new bill will drive a coach and horses through recent trade agreements.
to make a large hole in something using heavy equipment or machinery:
make a hole[transitive always + adverb/preposition]TI
They drove a tunnel through the mountains.
to make something completely clear to someone:
He didn't have to drive the point home. The videotape had done that.
to do something that makes people disagree or start to dislike each other:
I don't want to drive a wedge between you and your father.
➔ drive/strike a hard bargainat hard1 (18)
drive at somethingphrasal verb
I still couldn't understand what Toby was driving at.
drive somebody ↔ awayphrasal verb
He was cruel because he wanted to drive me away.
drive something ↔ downphrasal verb
to make prices, costs etc fall quickly:
We have to drive down costs.
drive somebody/something ↔ inphrasal verb
drive offphrasal verb
to hit the ball to begin a game of golf
to force a person or animal to go away from you:
We keep dogs in the yard to drive off intruders.
drive somebody/something ↔ outphrasal verb
to force someone or something to leave:
Downtown stores are being driven out by crime.
to make something stop existing:
As we went forward, our fear was driven out by horror.
drive something ↔ upphrasal verb
to make prices, costs etc rise quickly:
The oil shortage drove gas prices up by 20 cents a gallon.