drive at

drive at
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [drahyv at]
    • /draɪv æt/
    • /draɪv ət/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [drahyv at]
    • /draɪv æt/

Definitions of drive at words

  • verb with object drive at to send, expel, or otherwise cause to move by force or compulsion: to drive away the flies; to drive back an attacking army; to drive a person to desperation. 1
  • verb with object drive at to cause and guide the movement of (a vehicle, an animal, etc.): to drive a car; to drive a mule. 1
  • verb with object drive at to convey in a vehicle: She drove them to the station. 1
  • verb with object drive at to force to work or act: He drove the workers until they collapsed. 1
  • verb with object drive at to impel; constrain; urge; compel. 1
  • verb with object drive at to carry (business, an agreement, etc.) vigorously through: He drove a hard bargain. 1

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Origin of drive at

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English drīven, Old English drīfan; cognate with Dutch drijven, Old Norse drīfa, Gothic dreiban, German treiben

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Parts of speech for Drive at


drive at popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

drive at usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for drive at

verb drive at

  • aim — If you aim for something or aim to do something, you plan or hope to achieve it.
  • contemplate — If you contemplate an action, you think about whether to do it or not.
  • design — When someone designs a garment, building, machine, or other object, they plan it and make a detailed drawing of it from which it can be built or made.
  • get at — to receive or come to have possession, use, or enjoyment of: to get a birthday present; to get a pension.
  • imply — implies

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