drive

I. drive drive 1 [draɪv] verb drove PASTTENSE [drəʊv ǁ droʊv] driven PASTPART [ˈdrɪvn] driving PRESPART
drive a hard bargain COMMERCE to succeed by arguing in a very determined way in making an agreement that is very much to your advantage:

• Sorrell drives a hard bargain and may not sell at all if he can't get a suitable price.

drive something → down phrasal verb [transitive]
to force prices, costs etc to fall:

• pressures that could drive down interest rates

drive something → up phrasal verb [transitive]
to force prices, costs etc to rise quickly:

• A shortage is all it would take to tighten supplies and drive up prices.

  [m0] II. drive drive 2 noun [countable]
1. a planned effort by an organization to achieve something:

• They have decided to sell some parts of the business in a drive to raise capital.

• The airlines will step up their recruitment drive for pilots in North America.

a series of events or activities aimed at advertising a product and increasing sales; = SALES CAMPAIGN:

• : The company expects its sales drive in SE Asia to lift exports to the region by 20%.

2. COMPUTING a part of a computer that reads information from a disk:

• Insert the floppy disk into Drive A.

ˌCD-ROM ˈdrive COMPUTING
a part of a computer into which you can put CD-ROMs and read information from them:

• a personal computer with a built-in CD-ROM drive

ˈdisk drive
COMPUTING a piece of equipment in a computer system used to pass information to or from a disk:

• The software scans all the disk drives to check for viruses.

• a 6GB hard disk drive

ˈtape drive COMPUTING
a small machine attached to a computer that passes information from a computer to a tape or from a tape to a computer

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Ⅰ.
drive UK US /draɪv/ verb [T] (drove, driven)
to cause or influence something: be driven by sth »

The country needs to shift from export-led growth to growth driven by domestic demand.

»

This company is driven by customers and by the markets in which we do our business.

to cause something to progress, develop, or grow stronger: »

The firm said it would drive sales by switching into larger premises while closing smaller stores.

»

The company yesterday reported record iron ore production for the year to June, driven by a construction and manufacturing boom in China.

to force something to happen or someone to do something: drive sb/sth into/out of/to sth »

Analysts say these policies will drive the economy into recession.

»

The prospect of a consumer boom helped drive the stock market to new peaks yesterday.

be in the driving seat — Cf. be in the driving seat
drive a hard bargain — Cf. drive a hard bargain
Ⅱ.
drive UK US /draɪv/ noun
[C] an effort to achieve something: drive for sth »

The supermarket continues in its relentless drive for expansion.

drive to do sth »

They are expanding their telephone banking service for small businesses in a key part of their drive to cut costs and boost efficiency.

»

a recruitment/marketing/cost-cutting drive

See Note CAMPAIGN(Cf. ↑campaign)
[C] IT a piece of equipment for reading and storing computer information: »

a CD-ROM/DVD drive

[U] energy and determination to achieve things: »

We're looking for someone with drive and ambition to fill this important post.

drive to do sth »

She has the drive to succeed.

See also DISK DRIVE(Cf. ↑disk drive), ECONOMY DRIVE(Cf. ↑economy drive), FLASH DRIVE(Cf. ↑flash drive), HARD DRIVE(Cf. ↑hard drive), SALES DRIVE(Cf. ↑sales drive), TAPE DRIVE(Cf. ↑tape drive), TEST DRIVE(Cf. ↑test drive)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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