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drive

verb (FORCE)    /draɪv/ (drove, driven)
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 .Causing somebody to actUrging and persuadingPushing and shoving 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 . For the second time in ten years , the government has driven the economy into recession .Causing somebody to actUrging and persuadingPushing and shoving 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 .Causing feelings of anger and displeasure drive sb wild informal to make you very excited , especially sexually : When he runs his fingers through my hair , it drives me wild !Sexual attractionAttractiveMaking people excited and interestedInspiration and inspiring
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