v. 驾驶(送人); 推动; 击打; (风等)吹,刮; 驱逐; 迫使

n. 驱车旅行; 车道,大道; 驱动; 开球; 强烈欲望; 努力; 驱赶



When you drive somewhere, you operate a car or other vehicle and control its movement and direction.

  • I drove into town and went to a restaurant for dinner...


  • He put the bags in the car and drove off...



If you drive someone somewhere, you take them there in a car or other vehicle.

  • His daughter Carly drove him to the train station.



A drive is a journey in a car or other vehicle.

  • I thought we might go for a drive on Sunday.



A drive is a wide piece of hard ground, or sometimes a private road, that leads from the road to a person's house.


    If something drives a machine, it supplies the power that makes it work.

    • The current flows into electric motors that drive the wheels.



    Drive is the power supplied by the engine to particular wheels in a car or other vehicle to make the vehicle move.

    • He put the jeep in four-wheel drive and splashed up the slope.



    You use drive to refer to the mechanical part of a computer which reads the data on disks and tapes, or writes data onto them.

    • such as terminals, tape drives or printers.



    If you drive something such as a nail into something else, you push it in or hammer it in using a lot of effort.

    • I used a sledgehammer to drive the pegs into the ground...


    • I held it still and drove in a nail.



    In games such as cricket, golf, or football, if a player drives a ball somewhere, they kick or hit it there with a lot of force.

    • Armstrong drove the ball into the roof of the net.



    In golf, a drive is the first stroke a player makes from the tee.

    • Woosnam sliced his drive into the bushes.



    If the wind, rain, or snow drives in a particular direction, it moves with great force in that direction.

    • Rain drove against the window.



    If you drive people or animals somewhere, you make them go to or from that place.

    • The last offensive drove thousands of people into Thailand...


    • Every summer the shepherds drive the sheep up to pasture...



    To drive someone into a particular state or situation means to force them into that state or situation.

    • The recession and hospital bills drove them into bankruptcy...


    • He nearly drove Elsie mad with his fussing.



    The desire or feeling that drives a person to do something, especially something extreme, is the desire or feeling that causes them to do it.

    • More than once, depression drove him to attempt suicide...


    • Jealousy drives people to murder...



    If you say that someone has drive, you mean they have energy and determination.

    • John will be best remembered for his drive and enthusiasm.



    A drive is a very strong need or desire in human beings that makes them act in particular ways.

    • ...compelling, dynamic sex drives.



    A drive is a special effort made by a group of people for a particular purpose.

    • The ANC is about to launch a nationwide recruitment drive...


    • The Church in Haiti has played an important role in the drive towards democracy.



    Drive is used in the names of some streets.

    • ...23 Queen's Drive, Malvern, Worcestershire.

      伍斯特郡,莫尔文市,女王大道 23 号


    If you ask someone what they are driving at, you are asking what they are trying to say or what they are saying indirectly.

    • It was clear Cohen didn't understand what Millard was driving at.




    1. the act of applying force to propel something;

    • after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off

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

    • a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds

    3. 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. a road leading up to a private house;

    • they parked in the driveway

    5. the trait of being highly motivated;

    • his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers

    6. hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver;

    • he sliced his drive out of bounds

    7. the act of driving a herd of animals overland

      8. a journey in a vehicle driven by someone else;

      • he took the family for a drive in his new car

      9. a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire

        10. (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium

          11. a wide scenic road planted with trees;

          • the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views

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


            1. operate or control a vehicle;

            • drive a car or bus
            • Can you drive this four-wheel truck?

            2. travel or be transported in a vehicle;

            • We drove to the university every morning
            • They motored to London for the theater

            3. cause someone or something to move by driving;

            • She drove me to school every day
            • We drove the car to the garage

            4. force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically;

            • She rammed her mind into focus
            • He drives me mad

            5. to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly;

            • She is driven by her passion

            6. cause to move back by force or influence;

            • repel the enemy
            • push back the urge to smoke
            • beat back the invaders

            7. compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment;

            • She finally drove him to change jobs

            8. push, propel, or press with force;

            • Drive a nail into the wall

            9. cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force;

            • drive the ball far out into the field

            10. 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. move into a desired direction of discourse;

            • What are you driving at?

            12. have certain properties when driven;

            • This car rides smoothly
            • My new truck drives well

            13. work as a driver;

            • He drives a bread truck
            • She drives for the taxi company in Newark

            14. move by being propelled by a force;

            • The car drove around the corner

            15. urge forward;

            • drive the cows into the barn

            16. proceed along in a vehicle;

            • We drive the turnpike to work

            17. strike with a driver, as in teeing off;

            • drive a golfball

            18. hit very hard and straight with the bat swinging more or less vertically;

            • drive a ball

            19. excavate horizontally;

            • drive a tunnel

            20. 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. hunting: search for game;

            • drive the forest

            22. hunting: chase from cover into more open ground;

            • drive the game


            drive, ride


            • drive : 指乘坐在有轮子的交通工具之内,控制其行驶。
            • ride : 通常指骑在车、马上行驶。

            motivate, drive, prompt


            • motivate : 强调驱使人们采取行动的原因或动机。
            • drive : 侧重外来的驱策力和内心的感情力量的驱使。
            • prompt与motivate近义,强调起因。


            1. drive something home

              见 home

            2. let drive


            3. what someone is driving at


            4. drive at



            You can drive a hard bargain in the free market.


            The enemy drive towards the town seemed checked.


            You may think it an innocent joke to drive away another person's car but in the eyes of the law it is theft.


            You'd better drive away your cares.


            This will help drive home the meaning of the new words.