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/ draIv; draIv/ v (pt drove/ drEUv; drov/, pp driven/ 5drIvn; `drIvEn/) 1 (a) [I, Tn] (be able to) operate (a vehicle or locomotive) and direct its course ; : Can you drive? ? * He drives a taxi, ie That is his job. . * I drive (ie own) a Rolls-Royce. . (b) [I, Ipr, Ip] come or go somewhere in a car, van, etc : Did you drive (ie come by car)? ? * I drive to work. . * Don't stop drive on! --! =>Usage at travel travel. (c) [Tn, Tn.pr, Tn.p] take (sb) somewhere in a car, taxi, etc : Could you drive me to the station? ? 2 [Tn, Tn.pr, Tn.p] cause (animals or people) to move in some direction by shouts, blows, threats, etc : some cattle being driven by a man on a horse * drive sheep into a field * They drove the enemy back, ie forced them to retreat. . * (fig ) I was driven out of the club. . 3 [Tn, Tn.pr, Tn.p] (of wind or water) carry (sth) along , , , : Huge waves drove the yacht onto the rocks. . * dead leaves driven along by the wind . 4 [I, Ipr] move rapidly or violently : driving rain, hail, snow, etc * The waves drove against the shore. . 5 [Tn.pr] (a) force (sth) to go in a specified direction or into a specified position ; ; ; ; ; : drive a nail into wood, a stake into the ground, etc * (fig ) drive a proposal through Parliament . (b) construct (sth) with difficulty : drive a new motorway across a mountain range. . * They drove a tunnel through the rock. . 6 (a) [Tn, Tn.p] force (sb) to act : A man driven by jealousy is capable of anything. . * The urge to survive drove them on. . (b) [Tn.pr, Cn.a, Cn.t] cause or compel (sb) to be in a specified state or do a specified thing : drive sb crazy/to insanity/out of his mind [/] * Hunger drove her to steal. . (c) [Tn] make (sb) work very hard, esp too hard : Unless he stops driving himself like this he'll have a breakdown. . * He drives the team relentlessly. . 7 [I, Ipr, Tn, Tn.pr] (sport ) hit and send (a ball, etc) forward with force, esp in tennis, golf or cricket , : drive (the ball) into the rough * He drove beautifully, ie played this stroke well. . 8 [Tn esp passive ] (of electricity or some other power) keep (machinery) going , : a steam-driven engine . 9 (idm ) be driving at (always with what as the object what) be trying to do or say ; ; : What are you driving at? ? * I wish I knew what they were really driving at. . drive a coach and horses through sth disregard (eg a law or rule) in an obvious and a serious way without being punished, usu because of a loophole . drive a hard `bargain insist on the best possible price, arrangements, etc when negotiating with sb ?w. drive sth home (to sb) make sb realize sth, esp by saying it often, loudly, angrily, etc : drive one's point home * I drove home to him that he must be here by ten. : . drive sth into sb's `head make sb remember sth, esp with difficulty . drive sb to `drink (esp joc ) make sb so worried, frustrated, etc that he starts drinking too much alcohol : Working here is enough to drive anyone to drink. . drive a wedge between A and B make (friends, colleagues, etc) quarrel or start disliking each other ; . let drive (at sb) hit or aim blows at sb ; . needs must when the devil drives => needs. pure as the driven snow => pure. 10 (phr v) drive sb back on sth force sb to use (resources, methods, etc) he would prefer to avoid using . drive off (a) (of a driver, car, etc) leave , . (b) (in golf) hit the ball to begin a game . drive sb off take sb away in a car, etc . drive sb/sth off defeat or chase away (an enemy or an attack) , .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:41:22
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drive
/ draIv; draIv/ n 1 [C] journey in a car, van, etc : Let's go for a drive in the country. . * He took her out for a drive. . * a forty minute, an hour's, a fifteen mile, etc drive . 2 [C] (US usu `driveway) private road, etc by which vehicles can approach a house from the road or street . =>illus at App 1 1, page vii. 3 [C] (sport ) stroke made by driving in tennis, golf, cricket, etc , . 4 [U] energy; ability to get things done ; ; : Our sales people need determination and drive. . 5 [C, U] (psychology ) desire to attain a goal or satisfy a need ; : (a) strong sexual drive . 6 [C] (a) organized effort or campaign to achieve sth , : a `sales, a re`cruiting, an `export, etc drive . (b) series of military attacks . 7 [C] (Brit) social gathering to play card-games : a `bridge/`whist drive []. 8 [C, U] (apparatus for the) transmission of power to machinery : electric, belt, fluid, etc drive * front-/rear-/ four-wheel `drive, ie where the engine makes the front, rear, or all four wheels turn [/] * a car with left-hand drive, ie with the steering wheel and other controls on the left * [attrib ] the `drive shaft ; .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:41:22
drive
/ draIv; draIv/ n 1 [C] journey in a car, van, etc : Let's go for a drive in the country. . * He took her out for a drive. . * a forty minute, an hour's, a fifteen mile, etc drive . 2 [C] (US usu `driveway) private road, etc by which vehicles can approach a house from the road or street . =>illus at App 1 1, page vii. 3 [C] (sport ) stroke made by driving in tennis, golf, cricket, etc , . 4 [U] energy; ability to get things done ; ; : Our sales people need determination and drive. . 5 [C, U] (psychology ) desire to attain a goal or satisfy a need ; : (a) strong sexual drive . 6 [C] (a) organized effort or campaign to achieve sth , : a `sales, a re`cruiting, an `export, etc drive . (b) series of military attacks . 7 [C] (Brit) social gathering to play card-games : a `bridge/`whist drive []. 8 [C, U] (apparatus for the) transmission of power to machinery : electric, belt, fluid, etc drive * front-/rear-/ four-wheel `drive, ie where the engine makes the front, rear, or all four wheels turn [/] * a car with left-hand drive, ie with the steering wheel and other controls on the left * [attrib ] the `drive shaft ; .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:41:22

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