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drivingnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈdraɪ.vɪŋ/
the ​ability to ​drive a ​car, the ​activity of driving, or the way someone ​drives: a driving ​lesson/​school She has to do a lot of driving in her ​job.UK Ashley ​passed her driving ​test first ​time!

drivingadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈdraɪ.vɪŋ/
strong and ​powerful and ​thereforecausing things to ​happen: Driving ambition is what most ​greatleaders have in ​common. She was always the driving force behind the ​plan.driving rain/snow rain or ​snow that is ​fallingfast and being ​blown by the ​wind: Driving ​snowbrought more ​problems on the ​roads last ​night.
(Definition of driving from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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drivingadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈdrɑɪ·vɪŋ/
happening with ​greatpower or ​force: They ​arrived in a driving ​rainstorm.driving force A driving ​force is the ​person or thing that is most ​important in making something ​happen: He was the driving ​force behind the new ​balletcompany.
(Definition of driving from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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