Synonyms of drive


1. drive, thrust, driving force, propulsion, actuation

usage: the act of applying force to propel something; "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"

2. drive, mechanism

usage: a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine; "a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds"

3. campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement, effort, venture

usage: a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort"

4. driveway, drive, private road, road, route

usage: a road leading up to a private house; "they parked in the driveway"

5. drive, trait

usage: the trait of being highly motivated; "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"

6. drive, driving, golf stroke, golf shot, swing

usage: hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver; "he sliced his drive out of bounds"

7. drive, transportation, transport, transfer, transferral, conveyance

usage: the act of driving a herd of animals overland

8. drive, ride, journey, journeying

usage: a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile); "he took the family for a drive in his new car"

9. drive, physical condition, physiological state, physiological condition

usage: a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire

10. drive, device

usage: (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium

11. drive, parkway, road, route

usage: a wide scenic road planted with trees; "the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views"

12. drive, return

usage: (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)


1. drive, operate, control

usage: operate or control a vehicle; "drive a car or bus"; "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"

2. drive, motor, travel, go, move, locomote

usage: travel or be transported in a vehicle; "We drove to the university every morning"; "They motored to London for the theater"

3. drive, move, displace

usage: cause someone or something to move by driving; "She drove me to school every day"; "We drove the car to the garage"

4. force, drive, ram, thrust

usage: force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; "She rammed her mind into focus"; "He drives me mad"

5. drive, coerce, hale, squeeze, pressure, force

usage: to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly; "She is driven by her passion"

6. repel, drive, repulse, force back, push back, beat back, push, force

usage: cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders"

7. drive, make

usage: compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment; "She finally drove him to change jobs"

8. drive, propel, impel

usage: push, propel, or press with force; "Drive a nail into the wall"

9. drive, throw

usage: cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force; "drive the ball far out into the field"

10. tug, labor, labour, push, drive, fight, struggle

usage: strive and make an effort to reach a goal; "She tugged for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"

11. drive, get, aim, mean, intend

usage: move into a desired direction of discourse; "What are you driving at?"

12. drive, ride

usage: have certain properties when driven; "This car rides smoothly"; "My new truck drives well"

13. drive, work, do work

usage: work as a driver; "He drives a bread truck"; "She drives for the taxi company in Newark"

14. drive, drive, travel, go, move, locomote

usage: move by being propelled by a force; "The car drove around the corner"

15. drive, push, force

usage: urge forward; "drive the cows into the barn"

16. drive, take, traverse, track, cover, cross, pass over, get over, get across, cut through, cut across

usage: proceed along in a vehicle; "We drive the turnpike to work"

17. drive, hit

usage: strike with a driver, as in teeing off; "drive a golf ball"

18. drive, hit

usage: hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally; "drive a ball"

19. drive, excavate, dig, hollow

usage: excavate horizontally; "drive a tunnel"

20. drive, power

usage: cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling; "The amplifier drives the tube"; "steam drives the engines"; "this device drives the disks for the computer"

21. drive, hunt, run, hunt down, track down

usage: hunting: search for game; "drive the forest"

22. drive, hunt, run, hunt down, track down

usage: hunting: chase from cover into more open ground; "drive the game"

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Definition and meaning of drive (Dictionary)