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Definition of drive noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    in/of vehicle
  1. 1[countable] a trip in a car or other vehicle Let's go for a drive. a drive through the mountains It's a three-hour drive to their house.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] the equipment in a vehicle that takes power from the engine to the wheels the drive shaft a car with four-wheel drive
  3. 3[uncountable] the position of the gears in which the vehicle will move forward He threw the car into drive. compare park
  4. outside house
  5. 4= driveway [countable] There were two cars parked in/on the drive.
  6. effort
  7. 5[countable] an organized effort by a group of people to achieve something a recruitment drive drive for something a drive for greater efficiency drive to do something the government's drive to reduce energy consumption see also blood drive, campaign
  8. attack
  9. 6[countable] a major military attack a drive into enemy territory
  10. desire/energy
  11. 7[countable, uncountable] a strong desire or need in people a strong sex drive
  12. 8[uncountable] (approving) a strong desire to do things and achieve something; great energy He'll do very well—he has tremendous drive.
  13. in sports
  14. 9[countable] a long, hard hit or kick She has a strong forehand drive (= in tennis ). He scored with a brilliant 25-yard drive.
  15. computing
  16. 10[countable] the part of a computer that reads and stores information on disks or tapes a 750GB hard drive a CD drive see also disk drive
  17. animals
  18. 11[countable] an act of chasing animals and making them go into a smaller area, especially in order to kill or capture them
  19. road
  20. 12Drive (abbreviation Dr.) used in the names of roads 21 Island Heights Drive
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: drive