drive

[c]/draɪv / (say druyv)

verb (drove or, Archaic, drave, driven, driving)
verb (t)
1. to send along, away, off, in, out, back, etc., by compulsion; force along.
2. to overwork; overtask.
3. to cause and guide the movement of (an animal, vehicle, etc.).
4. to convey in a vehicle.
5.
a. to keep (machinery) going.
b. to keep (an enterprise, activity, etc.) going: *Ageing population driving growth in demand for optometry –aap news, 2000.
6. to impel; urge; compel: to drive someone to do something; *Ageing population driving growth in demand for optometry –aap news, 2000.
7. to carry (business, a bargain, etc.) vigorously through.
8. to motivate and shape (a plan, proposal, etc.): to drive the agenda.
9. Mining, etc. to excavate horizontally (or nearly so).
10. Tennis, Cricket, Golf, Bowls, etc. to hit or throw (the ball) very swiftly.
11. Hunting to chase (game).
12. Colloquial to have the mastery of (a tool, device, etc., especially an electronic one.)
verb (i)
13. to act as the driving force.
14. to be in control of a motor vehicle.
15. Nautical to go along before an impelling force; be impelled: the ship drove before the wind.
16. Colloquial to be the one in the group who is in command of a device, especially an electronic one.
17. to rush or dash violently.
18. to act as driver.
19. to go or travel in a driven vehicle: to drive away, back, in, out, from, to, etc.
noun
20. the act of driving.
21. an impelling along, as of game, cattle, or floating logs, in a particular direction.
22. the animals, logs, etc., thus driven.
23. (in tree felling) a line of trees on a hillside partly cut so as to fall when the uppermost tree is felled.
24. Psychology a source of motivation: the sex drive.
25. Sport a propelling or forceful action, especially a powerful battery stroke in cricket, tennis, etc., or a forcible delivery in bowls.
26. a vigorous onset or onward course.
27. a strong military offensive.
28. a united effort to accomplish some purpose, especially to raise money for a government loan or for some charity.
29. vigorous pressure or effort, as in business.
30. energy and initiative.
31. a trip, usually short, in a motor vehicle, often undertaken as an excursion or outing.
32. a road for driving, especially a private access road to a private house.
33. Mining a horizontal tunnel or shaft.
34. Machinery a driving mechanism, as of a motor vehicle: gear drive; chain drive.
35. Motor Vehicles point or points of power application to the roadway: front drive; rear drive; four-wheel drive.
36. Computers a controlling mechanism for moving magnetic tapes, floppy disks, etc., thus enabling data to be accessed.
37. Commerce Colloquial an attempt to force down the market price of a commodity by offering a quantity at a low price.
adjective
38. relating to a part of a machine used in its propulsion.
phrase
39. drive a coach-and-four through, to go through easily, without opposition or hindrance: you could drive a coach-and-four through that argument.
40. drive at, to make an effort to reach for; aim at: the idea he was driving at; what is he driving at?
41. drive away, to repel.
42. drive back, to repel (an attack).
43. drive off, to chase away from a secured location.
44. drive someone up the wall, Colloquial to exasperate someone.
{Middle English driven, Old English drīfan}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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