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Drive, vb. (Impf. “drave:” As III, 2, 438. Troil. III, 3, 190. Rom. I, 1, 127 (Q2 drive). Ant. I, 2, 98. “drove:” Wiv. V, 5, 131. H4A IV, 3, 102. H6A I, 1, 13. H6C II, 2, 107. Cor. II, 2, 95. Tim. IV, 3, 402. Per. V, 1, 38. Partic. “driven:” Ven. 692. Err. IV, 4, 36. As V, 2, 71. All's I, 3, 31. Wint. IV, 4, 220 etc. “droven:” Ant. IV, 7, 5. “drove:” H6B III, 2, 84, where it, however, may be taken as an imperf.). 1) trans. a) to compel or urge forward, to propel, to expel: “to d. infection from the dangerous year,” Ven. 508. “I could d. the boat with my sighs,” Gentl. II, 3, 60. Wiv. II, 2, 257. Err. IV, 4, 36. Mids. III, 2, 65. All's I, 3, 31. All's I, 3, 31 III, 2, 109. H4A I, 3, 200. II, 4, 151. V, 4, 11. H6A I, 2, 54. H6A I, 2, 54 V, 5, 7. H6C II, 2, 107. Cor. I, 6, 12. II, 2, 95. Caes. II, 1, 54. IV, 1, 23. Hml. III, 1, 27. III, 2, 362. Lr. II, 2, 90. Ant. I, 2, 98. I, 4, 73. III, 6, 82 (like clouds). III, 12, 22. IV, 7, 5. Per. I, 2, 26. II, 1, 34. II, 3, 85. “to d. away:” Pilgr. 200. John IV, 1, 79. H6A I, 5, 24. Caes. I, 1, 75. Per. IV, 6, 139. “to d. away the heavy thought of care,” R2 III, 4, 2. “to d. away the time,” H4A II, 4, 31 (== not to feel its tediousness). “will d. away distemper,” Cymb. III, 4, 194. “to d. back:” John III, 3, 12. H6A I, 1, 13. I, 3, 41. I, 5, 22. H6B III, 2, 84. IV, 9, 34. Rom. II, 5, 6. “to d. out:” Gentl. II, 4, 193. Cor. IV, 7, 54. Caes. III, 1, 171.
b) to force, to induce, to cause: “which --s the creeping thief to some regard,” Lucr. 305. “shall d. some of them to a noncome,” Ado III, 5, 67. “none can d. him from the envious plea,” Merch. III, 2, 284. “this --s me to entreat you,” All's II, 5, 68. “--s me to these habits of her liking,” Tw. II, 5, 183. “d. the gentleman into a most hideous opinion of his rage,” III, 4, 211. “he will d. you out of your revenge,” H4B II, 4, 323. “I shall d. you then to confess,” H4B II, 4, 323 “drove us to seek out this head of safety,” H4A IV, 3, 102. “till mischief and despair d. you to break your necks,” H6A V, 4, 91. “drave great Mars to faction,” Troil. III, 3, 190. Rom. I, 1, 127. “judgment must be driven to find out practices of cunning hell,” Oth. I, 3, 101. “may d. us to a render where we have lived,” Cymb. IV, 4, 11.
c) to bring, to carry (to a point or state): “the hounds are driven to doubt,” Ven. 692. “what error --s our eyes and ears amiss?” Err. II, 2, 186. “I drave my suitor from his mad humour of love to a living humour of madness,” As III, 2, 438. “I know into what straits of fortune she is driven,” V, 2, 71. “and driven into despair an enemy's hope,” R2 II, 2, 47. “the sharp points of my alleged reasons d. this forward,” H8 II, 4, 225. “drove him into this melancholy,” Tim. IV, 3, 402. “a sister driven into desperate terms,” Hml. IV, 7, 26. “the disaster that drove him to this,” Per. V, 1, 38 (== brought him so low). Hence == to raise or to reduce: “drove the grossness of the foppery into a received belief,” Wiv. V, 5, 131. “to d. liking to the name of love,” Ado I, 1, 302. “the other half comes to the general state, which humbleness may d. unto a fine,” Merch. IV, 1, 372.
d) to purify by motion, to sift: “lawn as white as driven snow,” Wint. IV, 4, 220 (or == driven together by the wind?). “my thrice driven bed of down,” Oth. I, 3, 232.
2) intr. a) to be carried by wind and waves: “our --ing boat,” Tw. I, 2, 11. up and down the poor ship --s, Per. III Prol. 50. “d. a-land,” III, 2, 69.
b) to pass in a carriage: “sometime she --th o'er a soldier's neck,” Rom. I, 4, 82.
c) to betake one's self with haste: lay him in it (viz a litter) “and d. towards Dover,” Lr. III, 6, 98.
d) Followed by at or upon, == to rush upon, to attack: “Pyrrhus at Priam --s,” Hml. II, 2, 494. “the hounds should d. upon thy new transformed limbs,” Tit. II, 3, 64. to let d. (== to aim strokes at, to strike at): “four rogues in buckram let d. at me,” H4A II, 4, 217. “came at my back and let d. at me,” H4A II, 4, 217
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