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drive

noun

1 drive

The act of applying force to propel something:
— After reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off.

synonyms: driving force, thrust.

Roget 684: haste, urgency; despatch, dispatch; acceleration, spurt, spirt, forced march, rush, dash; speed, velocity etc. 274; ... show more

Roget 72: assemblage; collection, collocation, colligation; compilation, levy, gathering, ingathering, muster, attroupement; team; concourse, conflux, congregation, ... show more

Dutch: drijfkracht, por, stoot, stuwing, stuwkracht



2 drive

A mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine.

Dutch: aandrijfmechanisme, aandrijving, drijfwerk, transmissie

3 drive

A series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end:
— The team was ready for a drive toward the pennant.

synonyms: campaign, cause, crusade, effort, movement.

Dutch: aanleiding, doel, kruistocht, reden
Polish: krucjata

4 drive

A road leading up to a private house:
— They parked in the driveway.

synonyms: driveway, private road.

Dutch: oprijlaan, pad
Polish: podjazd

5 drive

The trait of being highly motivated.

6 drive

Hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver:
— He sliced his drive out of bounds.

synonym: driving.

Dutch: campagne

7 drive

The act of driving a herd of animals overland.

Dutch: inrit, oprit
Polish: naganianie, napędzanie

8 drive

A journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile):
— He took the family for a drive in his new car.

synonym: ride.

Roget 266: travel; traveling etc. v.. wayfaring, campaigning.    journey, excursion, expedition, tour, trip, grand tour, circuit, peregrination, ... show more

Dutch: autorit, lift, rit, rondrit, sightseeing, toer
Polish: przejażdżka

9 drive

A physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire.

Polish: potrzeba fizjologiczna

10 drive

computer science A device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium.

Polish: napęd

11 drive

A wide scenic road planted with trees:
— The riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views.

synonym: parkway.

Dutch: middenberm, Parkway

12 drive

sports A hard straight return (as in tennis or squash).

verb

1 drive

Operate or control a vehicle.

Roget 693: direct, manage, govern, conduct; order, prescribe, cut out work for; bead, lead; lead the way, show the way; take the lead, lead on; regulate, ... show more

Roget 284: propel, project, throw, fling, cast, pitch, chuck, toss, jerk, heave, shy, hurl; flirt, fillip.    ... show more

Dutch: besturen, chaufferen

2 drive

Travel or be transported in a vehicle.

synonym: motor.

3 drive

Cause someone or something to move by driving.

4 drive

Force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically:
— He drives me mad.

synonyms: force, ram.

Roget 744: compel, force, make, drive, coerce, constrain, enforce, necessitate, oblige.    force upon, press; cram down the throat, thrust down the throat, force down the throat; ... show more

5 drive

To compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly.

6 drive

Cause to move back by force or influence.

synonyms: beat back, force back, push back, repel, repulse.

Dutch: afstoten, terugdrijven, terugdringen, terugduwen, terugslaan

7 drive

Compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment.

8 drive

Push, propel, or press with force.

Dutch: drijven, slaan

9 drive

Cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force.

10 drive

Strive and make an effort to reach a goal.

synonyms: labor, labour, push, tug.

Roget 276: give an impetus etc. n.; impel, push; start, give a start to, set going; drive, urge, boom; thrust, prod, ... show more

11 drive

Move into a desired direction of discourse.

synonyms: aim, get.

Dutch: drijven, jagen

12 drive

Have certain properties when driven:
— My new truck drives well.

synonym: ride.

Roget 266: travel, journey, course; take a journey, go a journey; take a walk, go out for walk etc. n.; have a run; take the air.    flit, take wing; migrate, ... show more

13 drive

Work as a driver.

14 drive

Move by being propelled by a force.

15 drive

Urge forward.

16 drive

Proceed along in a vehicle:
— We drive the turnpike to work.

synonym: take.

17 drive

Strike with a driver, as in teeing off.

18 drive

Hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally.

19 drive

Excavate horizontally.

20 drive

Cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling.

21 drive

hunting Search for game.

22 drive

hunting Chase from cover into more open ground.


Moby thesaurus: Autobahn, Sunday drive, US highway, acceleration, activity, actuate, advance, advance against, advance upon, adventuresomeness, adventurousness, aggravated assault, aggression, aggressiveness, airing, alley, alleyway, allude to, ambition, ambitiousness ... show more.

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