Meaning of “driving” in the English Dictionary

"driving" in British English

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drivingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈdraɪ.vɪŋ/ 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 /ˈdraɪ.vɪŋ/ us /ˈdraɪ.vɪŋ/

strong and powerful and therefore causing things to happen:

Driving ambition is what most great leaders have in common.
She was always the driving force behind the plan.
driving rain/snow

rain or snow that is falling fast and being blown by the wind:

Driving snow brought more problems on the roads last night.

(Definition of “driving” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"driving" in American English

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drivingadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈdrɑɪ·vɪŋ/

happening with great power 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 ballet company.

(Definition of “driving” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)