Translation of "drive" - English-French dictionary

drive

verbdrive /draɪv/ ( pt drove pp driven )
transitive-intransitive to operate a road vehicle
conduire

Did you fly or drive?
Tu as voyagé en avion ou en voiture ?

We drove down to my mother's.
Nous sommes descendus en voiture chez ma mère.

He drives a truck for a living.
Il gagne sa vie en conduisant un camion.
transitive to take sb somewhere in a road vehicle
conduire/emmener en voiture

I'll drive you home.
Je vais te raccompagner/reconduire chez toi en voiture.

She drove me to school.
Elle m'a emmené à l'école en voiture.
transitive to give a machine power
actionner

a motor driven by electricity
un moteur actionné par l'électricité
transitive to hit or kick sth hard
enfoncer

She drove the stake into the ground.
Elle enfonça le piquet dans le sol.
transitive to force sb to do sth or behave in a particular way
pousser

The heat drove people to the air-conditioned stores.
La chaleur a poussé les gens dans les magasins climatisés.

He's driving us crazy/nuts!
Il nous rend fous !
transitive to make sb work hard to achieve sth
pousser (à avancer)

I don't know what drives him.
Je ne sais pas ce qui le pousse à avancer.

drive away

verb phrasaldrive away [ ˈdraɪv əˈweɪ ]
to make sb want to leave
chasser

a scarecrow to drive away the birds
un épouvantail pour chasser les oiseaux

drive down

verb phrasaldrive down [ ˈdraɪv ˈdaʊn ]
to cause an amount or level to decrease
faire baisser

Low demand is driving the price down.
Une demande faible fait baisser les prix.

drive up

verb phrasaldrive up [ ˈdraɪv ˈʌp ]
to cause an amount or level to increase
faire augmenter

Inflation is driving up the cost of living.
L'inflation fait augmenter le coût de la vie.

drive

noundrive /draɪv/
countable a trip taken by car
tour masculine en voiture

We went for a drive in the mountains.
Nous sommes allés faire un tour en voiture dans les montagnes.

the fifteen-minute drive into town
le trajet de quinze minutes en voiture pour aller en ville
countable one of the parts of a computer that processes data
unité feminine de disque

the hard/CD drive
l'unité centrale / le lecteur de CD
countable an organized effort to make sth happen
campagne feminine

a fundraising drive
une campagne de collecte de fonds

a drive to educate people about the drug
une campagne pour informer les gens des dangers de la drogue
uncountable determination to succeed
dynamisme masculine

She lost her drive as she got older.
Elle a perdu son dynamisme en vieillissant.
countable one of the natural urges that makes people do things
pulsion feminine

the sex drive
les pulsions sexuelles
countable Brit driveway
allée feminine

***a car coming up the drive
une voiture remontant l'allée
uncountable the position of the gear stick that moves an automatic car forward
marche feminine avant

Put it in drive.
Mets-le sur marche avant.

(Translation of “drive” from the GLOBAL English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)

drive

verb /draiv/ (past tense drove /drouv/, past participle driven /ˈdrivn/)

to control or guide (a car etc)

conduire
Do you want to drive (the car), or shall I?

to take, bring etc in a car

conduire (en voiture)
My mother is driving me to the airport.

to force or urge along

chasser (devant soi)
Two men and a dog were driving a herd of cattle across the road.

to hit hard

enfoncer
He drove a nail into the door
He drove a golfball from the tee.

to cause to work by providing the necessary power

actionner
This mill is driven by water.
driver noun

a person who drives a car etc

conducteur/-trice
a bus driver.
driver’s license noun

(American) a driving licence.

permis de conduire
drive-in adjective

(of a cinema, café etc, especially in North America) catering for people who remain in their cars while watching a film, eating etc

restauvolant
a drive-in movie.
drive-through adjective

that one may drive through (and do something without getting out of the car)

drive-in
a drivethrough restaurant.
driving licence noun

a licence for driving a road vehicle.

permis de conduire
be driving at

to be trying to say or suggest

vouloir en venir (à)
I don’t know what you’re driving at.
drive off

to leave or go away in a car etc

partir (en voiture)
He got into a van and drove off.

to keep away

chasser
A horse uses its tail to drive off flies.

in golf, to make the first stroke from the tee.

driver
drive on

to carry on driving a car etc

continuer sa route
Drive on – we haven’t time to stop!

to urge strongly forward

pousser
It was ambition that drove him on.

drive

noun

a private road leading from a gate to a house etc

allée
The drive is lined with trees.

energy and enthusiasm

dynamisme
I think he has the drive needed for this job.

a special effort

campagne

in sport, a hard stroke (with a golf-club, a cricket bat etc).

drive

(computers) a disk drive.

lecteur de disquettes

(Translation of “drive” from the PASSWORD English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)