drive1 W1S1 [draıv] v past tense drove [drəuv US drouv] past participle driven [ˈdrıvən]
2¦(make somebody move)¦
3¦(make somebody do something)¦
4¦(make somebody/something be in a bad state)¦
5¦(hit/push something into something)¦
6¦(make somebody work)¦
8¦(provide power)¦
9¦(rain/wind etc)¦
10 drive a coach and horses through something
11¦(make a hole)¦
12 drive something home
13 drive a wedge between somebody
Phrasal verbs
 drive at something
 drive somebody<=>away
 drive something<=>down
 drive somebody/something<=>in
 drive off
 drive somebody/something<=>out
 drive something<=>up
[: Old English; Origin: drifan]
1.) ¦(VEHICLE)¦
a) [I and T]
to make a car, truck, bus etc move along
drive to/down/off etc
I am planning to drive to Morocco next year.
the man driving the car
Can you drive?
So when did you learn to drive ?
Bye! Drive carefully!
He drives 12 miles to work.
He drives (=has) a BMW estate.
b) [I always + adverb/preposition]
if a car, truck etc drives somewhere, it moves there
After the accident, the other car just drove off.
if people drive somewhere, they travel somewhere in a car
Shall we drive or take the bus?
drive to/down/off etc
They drove back to Woodside.
d) [T always + adverb/preposition]
to take someone somewhere in a car, truck etc
She drove Anna to London.
I'll drive you home .
drive yourself
I drove myself to hospital.
to force a person or animal to go somewhere
Torrential rain drove the players off the course.
With a few loud whistles, they drove the donkeys out of the enclosure.
to strongly influence someone to do something
drive sb to do sth
The detective wondered what had driven Christine to phone her.
drive sb to/into sth
The noises in my head have nearly driven me to suicide.
Phil, driven by jealousy, started spying on his wife.
to make someone or something get into a bad or extreme state, usually an emotional one
drive sb crazy/nuts/mad/insane
(=make someone feel very annoyed)
This cough is driving me mad!
drive sb crazy/wild
(=make someone feel very sexually excited)
drive sb up the wall/out of their mind
(=make someone feel very annoyed)
drive sb to distraction/desperation
The mosquitoes drive me to distraction.
drive sb/sth into sth
The factory had been driven into bankruptcy.
to hit or push something into something else
drive sth into sth
We watched Dad drive the posts into the ground.
She drove her heels into the sand.
to make a person or animal work hard
drive yourself
Don't drive yourself too hard.
7.) ¦(SPORTS)¦ [I and T]
a) to move a ball etc forward in a game of baseball, football, golf etc by hitting or kicking it hard and fast
He drove the ball into the corner of the net.
b) to run with the ball towards the ↑goal in sports such as ↑basketball and American football
to provide the power for a vehicle or machine
petrol-driven/electrically-driven/battery-driven etc
a petrol-driven lawn mower
9.) ¦(RAIN/WIND ETC)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
if rain, snow, wind etc drives somewhere, it moves very quickly in that direction
The rain was driving down hard.
10.) drive a coach and horses through sth
to destroy an argument, plan etc completely
The new bill will drive a coach and horses through recent trade agreements.
11.) ¦(MAKE A HOLE)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to make a large hole in something using heavy equipment or machinery
They're planning to drive a tunnel through the mountains.
12.) drive sth home
to make something completely clear to someone
He didn't have to drive the point home . The videotape had done that.
13.) drive a wedge between sb
to do something that makes people disagree or start to dislike each other
I don't want to drive a wedge between you and your father.
drive/strike a hard bargain [i]athard1 (18)
drive at [drive at sth] phr v
what sb is driving at
the thing someone is really trying to say
= ↑get at
I still couldn't understand what Toby was driving at.
drive away [drive sb<=>away] phr v
to behave in a way that makes someone leave
He was cruel because he wanted to drive me away.
drive down [drive sth<=>down] phr v
to make prices, costs etc fall quickly
We have to drive down costs.
drive in [drive sb/sth<=>in] phr v
to hit the ball so that another player can score a ↑run in baseball
drive off phr v
1.) to hit the ball to begin a game of golf
2.) drive sb<=>off
to force a person or animal to go away from you
We keep dogs in the yard to drive off intruders.
drive out [drive sb/sth<=>out] phr v
1.) to force someone or something to leave
Downtown stores are being driven out by crime.
2.) written to make something stop existing
As we went forward, our fear was driven out by horror.
drive up [drive sth<=>up] phr v
to make prices, costs etc rise quickly
The oil shortage drove gas prices up by 20 cents a gallon.
drive 2
drive2 W2S2 n
1¦(in a car)¦
2¦(natural need)¦
3¦(outside your house)¦
9¦(military attack)¦
11 Drive
1.) ¦(IN A CAR)¦
a journey in a car
drive to/along etc
Let's go for a drive along the coast.
Taylor took me for a drive through the town.
an hour's/a two hour etc drive
It's a two hour drive from Calais to Thiepval.
a strong natural need or desire
The treatment will not affect your sex drive .
the hard area or road between your house and the street
= ↑driveway in/on the drive
He parked his car in the drive.
4.) ¦(EFFORT)¦
an effort to achieve something, especially an effort by an organization for a particular purpose
a recruitment drive for new members
an economy drive (=effort to reduce spending)
drive to do sth
a nationwide drive to crack down on crime
determination and energy to succeed
Brian has got tremendous drive .
6.) ¦(POWER)¦[U]
the power from an engine that makes the wheels of a vehicle go round
front-wheel/rear-wheel/four-wheel drive
7.) ¦(COMPUTER)¦
a piece of equipment in a computer that is used to get information from a ↑disk or to store information on it
hard/floppy/A etc drive
8.) ¦(SPORT)¦
an act of hitting a ball hard, especially in tennis, baseball, or golf
He hit a long, high drive to right field.
several military attacks
drive into
a drive deep into enemy territory
when animals such as cows or sheep are brought together and made to move in a particular direction
11.) Drive
used in the names of roads
They live at 141 Park Drive.

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