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drive as in the act of applying force to propel something
  • "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"

Synonyms

  • thrust the force used in pushing; a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument; the act of applying force to propel something; verbal criticism; a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow); push forcefully; press or force; make a thrusting forward movement ; impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably; penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument ; force (molten rock) into pre-existing rock ; push upward; place or put with great energy
  • driving force the act of applying force to propel something
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drive as in a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine
  • "a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds"
drive as in 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"

Synonyms

  • campaign run, stand, or compete for an office or a position; exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; go on a campaign; a race between candidates for elective office; a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; several related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal (usually within geographical and temporal constraints) ; an overland journey by hunters (especially in Africa)
  • cause give rise to; cause to do; events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something; a justification for something existing or happening; a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results ; a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
  • crusade exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; go on a crusade; a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; any of the more or less continuous military expeditions in the 11th to 13th centuries when Christian powers of Europe tried to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims
  • movement a change of position that does not entail a change of location; the act of changing location from one place to another; a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something ; a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals; a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata; a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object; a euphemism for defecation; a general tendency to change (as of opinion); the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock); the act of changing the location of something
  • effort earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; use of physical or mental energy; a notable achievement; a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
drive as in a road leading up to a private house
  • "they parked in the driveway"

Synonyms

  • driveway a road leading up to a private house
  • private road a road leading up to a private house
drive as in the trait of being highly motivated
  • "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"
drive as in hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver
  • "he sliced his drive out of bounds"

Synonyms

  • driving having the power of driving or impelling; acting with vigor; hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver; the act of controlling and steering the movement of a vehicle or animal
drive as in the act of driving a herd of animals overland
    drive as in a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)
    • "he took the family for a drive in his new car"

    Synonyms

    • ride a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile); a mechanical device that you ride for amusement or excitement ; sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions; be carried or travel on or in a vehicle; continue undisturbed and without interference; move like a floating object; harass with persistent criticism or carping; be sustained or supported or borne; have certain properties when driven; be contingent on; lie moored or anchored; sit on and control a vehicle; climb up on the body; ride over, along, or through; keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot; copulate with
    drive as in a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire
      drive as in (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium
        drive as in a wide scenic road planted with trees
        • "the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views"

        Synonyms

        • parkway a wide scenic road planted with trees
        drive as in (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)
          drive as in operate or control a vehicle
          • "drive a car or bus"
          • "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"
          drive as in travel or be transported in a vehicle
          • "We drove to the university every morning"
          • "They motored to London for the theater"

          Synonyms

          • motor travel or be transported in a vehicle; conveying information to the muscles from the CNS; causing or able to cause motion; machine that converts other forms of energy into mechanical energy and so imparts motion ; a nonspecific agent that imparts motion
          drive as in cause someone or something to move by driving
          • "She drove me to school every day"
          • "We drove the car to the garage"
          drive as in force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically
          • "She rammed her mind into focus"
          • "He drives me mad"

          Synonyms

          • force to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means; urge or force (a person) to an action; move with force; impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably; squeeze like a wedge into a tight space; force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; do forcibly; take by force; a powerful effect or influence; (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; physical energy or intensity; group of people willing to obey orders; a unit that is part of some military service; an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists); one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority; a group of people having the power of effective action; (of a law) having legal validity; a putout of a base runner who is required to run
          • ram strike or drive against with a heavy impact; force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; undergo damage or destruction on impact; crowd or pack to capacity; the most common computer memory which can be used by programs to perform necessary tasks while the computer is on; (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Aries ; the first sign of the zodiac which the sun enters at the vernal equinox; a tool for driving or forcing something by impact ; uncastrated adult male sheep
          drive as in to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly
          • "She is driven by her passion"
          drive as in cause to move back by force or influence
          • "repel the enemy"
          • "push back the urge to smoke"
          • "beat back the invaders"

          Synonyms

          • repel cause to move back by force or influence; be repellent to; force or drive back; reject outright and bluntly; fill with distaste
          • repulse an instance of driving away or warding off ; force or drive back; be repellent to; cause to move back by force or influence
          • force back cause to move back by force or influence
          • push back cause to move back by force or influence; the act of forcing the enemy to withdraw
          • beat back cause to move back by force or influence
          drive as in compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment
          • "She finally drove him to change jobs"
          drive as in push, propel, or press with force
          • "Drive a nail into the wall"
          drive as in cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force
          • "drive the ball far out into the field"
          drive as in 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"

          Synonyms

          • tug a sudden abrupt pull ; a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships ; pull hard; strive and make an effort to reach a goal; tow (a vessel) with a tug; carry with difficulty; move by pulling hard; pull or strain hard at; struggle in opposition
          • labor strive and make an effort to reach a goal; work hard; undergo the efforts of childbirth ; a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages; productive work (especially physical work done for wages); concluding state of pregnancy; an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement ; a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
          • labour work hard; strive and make an effort to reach a goal; undergo the efforts of childbirth ; a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages; concluding state of pregnancy; a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
          • push the act of applying force in order to move something away; the force used in pushing; enterprising or ambitious drive; an electrical switch operated by pressing; an effort to advance; move with force; press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action; make publicity for; strive and make an effort to reach a goal; press against forcefully without moving; approach a certain age or speed; exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs); move strenuously and with effort; make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby
          drive as in move into a desired direction of discourse
          • "What are you driving at?"

          Synonyms

          • get a return on a shot that seemed impossible to reach and would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent ; come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; enter or assume a certain state or condition; cause to move; receive a specified treatment (abstract); reach a destination; go or come after and bring or take back; go through (mental or physical states or experiences); take vengeance on or get even; achieve a point or goal; cause to do; succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes); be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; communicate with a place or person; give certain properties to something; move into a desired direction of discourse; grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of; attract and fix; reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot; reach by calculation; acquire as a result of some effort or action; purchase; perceive by hearing; suffer from the receipt of; receive as a retribution or punishment; leave immediately; reach and board; irritate; evoke an emotional response; apprehend and reproduce accurately; earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher; overcome or destroy; be a mystery or bewildering to; take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; undergo (as of injuries and illnesses); make (offspring) by reproduction
          • aim an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); the action of directing something at an object; the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies ; point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; propose or intend; move into a desired direction of discourse; specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public ; intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; direct (a remark) toward an intended goal; have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
          drive as in have certain properties when driven
          • "This car rides smoothly"
          • "My new truck drives well"

          Synonyms

          • ride a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile); a mechanical device that you ride for amusement or excitement ; sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions; be carried or travel on or in a vehicle; continue undisturbed and without interference; move like a floating object; harass with persistent criticism or carping; be sustained or supported or borne; have certain properties when driven; be contingent on; lie moored or anchored; sit on and control a vehicle; climb up on the body; ride over, along, or through; keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot; copulate with
          drive as in work as a driver
          • "He drives a bread truck"
          • "She drives for the taxi company in Newark"
          drive as in move by being propelled by a force
          • "The car drove around the corner"
          drive as in urge forward
          • "drive the cows into the barn"
          drive as in proceed along in a vehicle
          • "We drive the turnpike to work"

          Synonyms

          • take the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property; the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption ; carry out; require (time or space); take somebody somewhere; get into one's hands, take physically; take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; interpret something in a certain way; take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; take into one's possession; travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route; pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; receive willingly something given or offered; assume, as of positions or roles; take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; require as useful, just, or proper; experience or feel or submit to; make a film or photograph of something; remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; serve oneself to, or consume regularly; accept or undergo, often unwillingly; make use of or accept for some purpose; take by force; occupy or take on; admit into a group or community; ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial; be a student of a certain subject; take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs; head into a specified direction; point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; be seized or affected in a specified way; have with oneself; engage for service under a term of contract; receive or obtain regularly; buy, select; to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort; have sex with; lay claim to; be designed to hold or take; be capable of holding or containing; develop a habit; proceed along in a vehicle; obtain by winning; be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
          drive as in strike with a driver, as in teeing off
          • "drive a golf ball"
          drive as in hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally
          • "drive a ball"
          drive as in excavate horizontally
          • "drive a tunnel"
          drive as in 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"
          drive as in (hunting) search for game
          • "drive the forest"
          drive as in (hunting) chase from cover into more open ground
          • "drive the game"

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