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verb uk   us   /draɪv/ (drove, driven)

drive verb (USE VEHICLE)

A1 [I or T] to move or travel on land in a motor vehicle, especially as the person controlling the vehicle's movement: I'm learning to drive. "Are you going by train?" "No, I'm driving." She drives a red sports car. They're driving to Chicago on Tuesday. We saw their car outside the house and drove on/past/away. I drove my daughter to school.
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driving while intoxicated (abbreviation DWI) US specialized the crime of operating a motor vehicle after having drunk more alcohol than you are legally allowed to: Smith was arrested and charged with DWI.
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drive verb (FORCE)

C1 [T] to force someone or something to go somewhere or do something: They used dogs to drive the sheep into a pen. A post had been driven (= hit hard) into the ground near the tree. By the end of the year, most of the occupying troops had been driven from the city. [+ to infinitive] In the end, it was his violent behaviour that drove her to leave home.C1 [T] to force someone or something into a particular state, often an unpleasant one: In the course of history, love has driven men and women to strange extremes. Recent events have driven the stock market to lows not seen in ten years.drive sb mad, crazy, etc. B2 informal to make someone extremely annoyed: My mother-in-law has been staying with us this past week and she's driving me crazy. He leaves dirty clothes all over the floor and it's driving me mad.drive sb wild informal to make you very excited, especially sexually: When he runs his fingers through my hair, it drives me wild!
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drive verb (PROVIDE POWER)

C2 [T] to provide the power to keep a machine working, or to make something happen: The engine drives the wheels. Water drives the turbines that produce electricity. [T] If you drive a ball, especially in golf or baseball, you hit it hard so that it travels a long way: Slater drove the ball down the fairway.
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drive

noun uk   us   /draɪv/

drive noun (ROAD)

[C] used in the names of some roads, especially roads containing houses: 12 Maple Drive [C] mainly UK (also driveway) a short private road that leads from a public road to a house or garage: I parked in the drive.

drive noun (PLANNED EFFORT)

[C] a planned effort to achieve something: The latest promotional material is all part of a recruitment drive.UK I'm meant to be on an economy drive at the moment, so I'm trying not to spend too much.

drive noun (COMPUTING)

B1 [C] a device for storing computer information: a hard drive a DVD drive a CD drive

drive noun (VEHICLE)

B1 [C] a journey by car: It's a long drive from Auckland to Wellington. Shall we go for a drive this afternoon? [U] the system used to power a vehicle: a car with left-hand/right-hand drive (= in which the driver sits in the seat on the left/right). a four-wheel drive vehicle

drive noun (POWER)

C1 [U] energy and determination to achieve things: We are looking for someone with drive and ambition. [+ to infinitive] He has the drive to succeed. Later on in life the sex drive tends to diminish. [C] (in sport, especially golf or baseball) a powerful hit that sends a ball a long way
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