Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


Spanish translation of “drive”


verb /draiv/ (past tense drove /drouv/, past participle driven /ˈdrivn/)
to control or guide (a car etc) Do you want to drive (the car), or shall I? to take, bring etc in a car My mother is driving me to the airport. to force or urge along Two men and a dog were driving a herd of cattle across the road. to hit hard He drove a nail into the door He drove a golfball from the tee. to cause to work by providing the necessary power This mill is driven by water. driver noun a person who drives a car etc a bus driver. driver’s license noun (American) a driving licence.
permiso de conducir, carnet de conducir
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
autocine, autobanco…
a drive-in movie.
drive-through adjective that one may drive through (and do something without getting out of the car)
autobanco, autorrestaurante, autozoo
a drivethrough restaurant.
driving licence noun a licence for driving a road vehicle.
permiso de conducir, carnet de conducir
be driving at to be trying to say or suggest I don’t know what you’re driving at. drive off to leave or go away in a car etc He got into a van and drove off. to keep away A horse uses its tail to drive off flies. in golf, to make the first stroke from the tee.
hacer el tiro de salida
drive on to carry on driving a car etc Drive on – we haven’t time to stop! to urge strongly forward It was ambition that drove him on.
(Definition of drive from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

More translations of “drive” in Spanish

Definitions of “drive” in English

Word of the Day

work out

to exercise in order to improve the strength or appearance of your body

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More