Definition of driver noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdraɪvə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdraɪvər//
    Computer software, People in motoring, Golf, Professions
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  1. 1  a person who drives a vehicle a bus/train/ambulance/taxi driver She climbed into the driver's seat. The accident was the other driver's fault. (British English) a learner driver (= one who has not yet passed a driving test) (North American English) a student driver The car comes equipped with a driver's airbag. see also back-seat driver See related entries: People in motoring, Professions
  2. 2(in golf) a club with a wooden head See related entries: Golf
  3. 3 (computing) software that controls the sending of data between a computer and a piece of equipment that is attached to it, such as a printer See related entries: Computer software
  4. 4one of the main things that influence something or cause it to make progress Housing is a key driver of the economy. Young people are widely perceived as the big pop industry drivers.
  5. Extra examples I can’t stand back-seat drivers. I didn’t drink because I was the designated driver. Learner drivers are not allowed on the motorways. a campaign aimed at car drivers to promote walking and cycling A student driver was injured in the accident. Can I see your driver’s license please? Dangerous drivers face imprisonment. He told the driver to turn back. Many accidents involve drunk drivers. She was run over by a hit-and-run driver. She’s a good driver. She’s an experienced and careful driver. The ambassador and his driver were both killed in the explosion. The window on the driver’s side was open. There are parking places for disabled drivers. What he wanted most was to be a racing driver. a bus/​train/​taxi/​truck/​lorry driver a learner driverIdioms
    be in the driving seat (British English) (North American English be in the driver’s seat)
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    to be the person in control of a situation
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: driver