Translation of drive in Spanish:


manejar, v.

Pronunciation: /drʌɪv//draɪv/

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1

      (bus/train/car) manejar
      (car/train/bus) conducir Spain
      (racing car/power boat) pilotar
      (power boat/racing car) pilotear
      she drives a Renault tiene un Renault
      • I drive a taxi/truck soy taxista/camionero
      • I am tired of short people who can't see over the steering wheel driving large cars.
      • The government is all to quick to penalise motorists for driving a car which is not in a safe condition.
      • They drive expensive cars and SUVs, and there are just as many female drivers as male ones.
      • If you have never driven a car with anti-lock brakes, sure to get training on proper use.
      • If you are going to drive this car, know your limits, and respect its power.
      • The child was in collision with a black Chrysler Voyager estate car driven by a 27-year-old Basildon woman, who was unhurt.
      • ‘The car is definitely the most powerful car I've ever driven,’ said Speed, 22.
      • Well, if you drive a company car you don't have to worry about insurance, road tax, servicing or repairs and maintenance.
      • Philip, from Chadderton, near Oldham, had restored and driven old cars for many years.
      • Happily, this is not a problem with the estate, because salesmen don't drive estate cars.
      • Fans at the San Marino Grand Prix can finally feel what it's like to drive Michael Schumacher's Ferrari.
      • A lot of us enjoy driving and prefer to drive a car that makes a journey a rewarding experience.
      • Traffic chaos has frustrated drivers, both those driving private cars as well as public transportation drivers.
      • In a sentence, he summed up the pros and cons of driving a soft-top car in Ireland.

    • 1.2(convey in vehicle)

      llevar en coche
      she drove me home/into town me llevó en coche a casa/al centro
      • When the time came for Caroline's baby to be born, the commanding officer's wife drove her to hospital and stayed throughout her labour.
      • And poor Paul, he probably felt like a chauffeur, always driving her wherever she needed to go.
      • It seems serious, so his wife decides to drive him to hospital.
      • Hank's wife drove him to the office because he suddenly became weak and lightheaded.
      • But when he decided to make a brash stab at the sports-car market, economics drove him to Canada.
      • When we had finished shopping, Jake left to join the guys at a private sports court and Cynthia drove me to a spa to meet the girls.
      • Some may wonder why a sweet girl like Elizabeth would possibly need a bodyguard who drove her around in a limo.
      • We made our way back to his car and his chauffeur drove us home.
      • My wife drove him back to Girona where the vet was waiting for her call.
      • Julia watches as her chauffeur drives Morgan out of the estate and the limousine speeds away into the distance.
      • We helped him into the Jeep, and Burke drove him to the battalion aid station.
      • The reasons why parents drive their children to school are varied.
      • At seven-thirty Brett drove the girls to the mall since Brooke's jeep was in the shop.
      • The three of us squeezed in the back of my mom's Honda and she drove us to our high school.
      • Later that morning Akbay went to Tastan's house in a Honda and then drove him to a lay-by in Faversham.
      • Anyway, when we were sharing a flat in London I carried on driving him to clubs on a Friday night.
      • Earlier in the evening I had napped in the back seat as Odysea drove us across New York State.
      • After the evening performance the night before, a chauffeur drove her from Bath to a suite at an airport hotel.
      • They drove her to a parking lot near to the marina, and she mutely followed them down to the dock.
      • At Chelsea there was a chauffeur to drive the directors around because of problems with parking.

  • 2

    • 2.1(cause to move)

      the wind drove the dust into our faces/the clouds away el viento nos echó el polvo en la cara/se llevó / barrió las nubes
      • I don't want to drive you away, but I'm expecting visitors no es que quiera echarte, pero estoy esperando visitas
      • the Indians were driven off their land los indios fueron expulsados de sus tierras
      • they drove the enemy back across the river hicieron retroceder al enemigo al otro lado del río
      • the smoke drove them out of the house el humo los obligó a salir de la casa
      • the ship was driven off course el barco perdió el rumbo
      • the shortage is driving prices higher la escasez está haciendo subir los precios
      • So one counts, the other drives the sheep and at the end of the session the farmer says, ‘Well, how many?’
      • It was hard work driving the cattle to the fair and standing all day with them.
      • As the rain bucketed down, driven horizontally by a southeast gale, he decided the walk would go ahead.
      • Flooding was a problem in some coastal areas where the storm's high wind drove waves onto shore and over seawalls.
      • Hard rains driven by high winds slashed through the camp.
      • The group took turns driving the dogs, breaking trail and navigating.
      • He explained that power lines were particularly vulnerable to wet snow driven by high winds clinging to cables and bringing them down.
      • It was established late in the 1800s as a watering point for cattle being driven overland to markets in Queensland and to other areas within the Northern Territory.
      • For many centuries this was the last watering place for cattle and sheep being driven to York cattle market from as far away as Helmsley.
      • The insurance companies in their standard policies exclude damage resulting from water, even if that water is driven by wind.
      • Here, the barrier winds down a narrow alleyway used 350 years ago by sisters to drive cows out to pasture.
      • The ban also meant that for the first time hunts were using terriers to drive foxes out of holes, he said.
      • The wind was driving the rain at acute angles, and the windows were shuddering from the thunder.
      • It began on the western frontier, at a time when driving cattle was vital to the survival of an expanding nation.
      • In York rain and sleet driven by gale force winds caught many workers on their way home the previous evening.
      • In his day he guided for the Texas Rangers and drove cattle north to the railheads.
      • In spite of brave rearguard actions the British, French and Belgian troops had been practically driven into the sea by the numerically superior and better equipped German forces.
      • The rocks were encased in crusted snow and the wind was driving spindrift across the open slopes.
      • Attempts to re-light the boiler failed, and now the vessel was in real trouble; drifting, powerless, pitching and rolling, driven by wind and tide towards a sandbank in the dark.
      • I badly wanted to go on to see the monkey-puzzle forests at the foot of the Andes, to drive the cattle to high summer pasture.
      • A number of experts have stated that high winds could have been a factor in driving the ship off course.
      • Angry, bitter wind drove frozen rain hard into the window, rattling the panes.
      • Small clouds of snow were driven into his eyes and began to skitter up his nose.
      • The men that drove the cattle were a special breed.
      • Rain fell from overcast skies and gale force winds drove large waves on to the beaches of Normandy as dawn broke on Monday June 5, 1944.
      • They'd not driven the cattle in the most likely direction, which was south, but due east, straight into the center of Double - 8 range.
      • The game was played in dreadful conditions with a strong breeze driving the heavy rain into the Keane's Road goal.
      • Even when overlanders Joseph Hawdon and Charles Bonney drove cattle from NSW to Adelaide in 1838, they had more men than saddle horses.
      • Large surface currents are mainly driven by winds that blow year round.
      • The fires knocked out a number of vital systems, including main propulsion, and she was left wallowing in 25 ft waves driven by gale-force winds.
      • The rain has driven most of them indoors but I eventually spot one lurking on the green.
      • He now spends his days driving his weakening cattle back and forth across the valley first to find meagre pasture and then to find water.
      • Storm surges are unusual elevations in sea level that are driven by anomalous wind stresses and low atmospheric pressures associated with storms.
      • It was cold and dry, and their footprints were quickly obliterated by the powdery snow driven along by the gusting wind.
      • Desperate for a resolution, the Los Ojos producers drove their sheep without permits onto state lands in 1989.
      • By morning, the wind was driving icy pellets against the windows.
      • Amundsen also learned how to drive dog teams from Inuit he met.
      • When asked what he is doing, he explains that he is driving away elephants.
      • Shoddy umbrellas and whipping winds drive most New Yorkers indoors during stormy weather.
      • The black cloud driven by the winds spread above the fields as far as the eyes of the anxious farmers could see.

    • 2.2Sport

      (ball) mandar
      (ball) lanzar
      • Guiel, a left-handed batter, has a compact, efficient swing and can drive the ball with power.
      • From the free kick, Dale Marval drove the ball through the defence and past the keeper into the net.
      • Players make it to the big leagues because of their ability to drive the ball, not watch it sail past them.
      • Frank Lampard drove a free kick just wide before Kezman drilled a low shot straight into the arms of Howard in the United goal.
      • About once a game, he drives the ball hard but right into a defender's glove.
      • Scouts say he has above-average skills, covers the plate well and can drive the ball the opposite way.
      • He is not an ideal second hitter, because he doesn't drive the ball into the gaps and isn't a run producer.
      • He drives the ball from the edge of the box, and it raps the bar once more.
      • Their early attempts came from Peter Hanson who headed over the bar and Ben Furness who drove his free kick wide.
      • If you're driving the ball poorly, you don't need statistics to know it.
      • He usually is late on fastballs and is having trouble driving the ball.
      • My way of fighting back was to try to drive the ball as hard as I could through the pitcher's box for a base hit.
      • Nick Klassen took the free kick, driving the ball into the top corner and tying the game 2-2.
      • Poor marking by Ilkley allowed Cook to turn and drive the ball high past Smith for a deserved equalising goal.
      • He cut back on to his left foot before driving the ball across for Derek Nicol to head home.
      • Wie, who can drive a golf ball 300 + yards, would play from the men's tees at these events.
      • He hired a trainer in the off season and lifted weights, giving him the strength to drive the ball better.
      • Lately, he has been making solid contact but not driving the ball in the air.
      • Two down at the time, Coltart drove his ball into the rough.
      • But I putted well, I drove the ball well, I did just about everything well.
      • If she could learn to drive her golf ball, she could still be a great player.
      • Deco drives a low free kick into the Chelsea box from the left wing, but his delivery is poor and Lampard clears easily.
      • Paul Evans drove his free kick around the wall, but Alan Gough in the Glens' goal parried the shot and the home defence scrambled it clear.
      • The White Sox pitcher challenged Mantle with a high fastball, and Mickey drove the ball almost out of sight for a three-run homer.
      • He also has a knack for driving the ball into right field or right-center, which allows the runner to reach third.

    • 2.3(provide power for, operate)

      hacer funcionar
      • New machinery driven by steam power was introduced, and railways and canals were being created.
      • Water power will again turn the mill wheel and drive the turbine to provide electricity to light the building.
      • All of the machinery was driven by a steam engine in the basement of the machine shop.
      • It uses heat from the sun to create steam, which drives giant turbines that generate electricity.
      • There are also two vacuum pumps, one driven by each engine.
      • The output is regulated by a single pulse width modulating controller which drives the boost switch and buck switch simultaneously.
      • Just about every camera in the world these days has a battery, even if it is just to drive the needle on the light meter.
      • The wind turbine drives the pump at varying speeds, pumping more in high winds than in low winds.
      • The whole of the mechanism was powered by heavy weights which drove the cog wheel.
      • These engines use the heat of nuclear fission to drive steam turbines, which in turn charge the batteries.
      • The hydraulic power-steering pump is driven by the engine via a rubber belt that over time will wear out and become shiny.
      • Steam power drove threshing mills and other barn machinery.
      • The heat is not wasted but is used to make steam that drives a turbine that generates electricity.
      • The current is channeled to an 82-hp electric motor that drives the car.
      • Until the fairgrounds started to use petrol and diesel engines their rides were driven by steam.
      • LCD monitors operate at low voltages whereas high voltages are required to drive a CRT monitor.
      • On the other hand, the new transistor simultaneously controls the electric power that drives a lamp and serves as the lamp itself.
      • That change is equivalent to the piston movement in a car's engine which ultimately drives the wheels round.
      • The engine is front mounted and the car is driven through a rear-mounted transaxle.
      • The device is driven by Sony's own 123MHz ARM-compatible CPU, the Handheld Engine.
      • This energy trapped in the reactor is used as a heat source to drive a steam turbine and create electricity.
      • After landing, the rotors and propellers would automatically fold away, and the machine would use the same engine to drive its wheels.
      • Boiler water is used primarily to drive steam turbines in electric power generating plants.
      • He produced a steam pressure gauge to record pressure in a cylinder and a rotary engine which could drive various forms of machinery.
      • The rare 350 horsepower engine was used to drive woollen weaving machinery in Bradley Mill until the 1970s.

  • 3

    • 3.1(make penetrate)

      (nail) clavar
      (stake) hincar
      he drove the nail through the plank atravesó la tabla con el clavo
      • to drive sth into sth clavar/hincar algo en algo
      • If you had driven a stake through Baker's heart at that moment, you couldn't have caused a greater wound.
      • Long, spiked posts were driven deep into the soft soil by the constant hammering of a solid stone that I had found on the ground.
      • Stakes were driven in the ground around the perimeter of the footing and then screwed to the screed board at the footing height.
      • Stakes are driven into the ground at the opposite end.
      • One person had a bad cold and another had accidentally driven a nail into his foot at work and Saturday was to be therefore spent getting tetanus injections.
      • Where the two diagonal strings cross, drive a stake into the ground to mark the position of the center footing.
      • Huge iron pegs were driven into the rock before the base blocks were put in place, and the first 14m of the tower was solid.
      • We all drove a lot of nails into the wall and have hung up all Christmas stockings on the wall.
      • The nail was driven into his political coffin on Friday as a string of high - level officials abandoned him.
      • One 4.5-inch iron nail had been driven through a wooden board and then through both his heel bones.
      • What you want to do is to be able to drive stakes into the ground here.
      • Hidden nailing is where nails are driven into the groove of the plank and covered by the tongue of the next plank and so on.
      • Once you've determined the course of the fence, drive a stake in at each corner.
      • Put the ladder feet on blocks and then drive a stake into the ground so that it is right behind the ladder feet.
      • Hence the decision of the union bureaucracy to drive a stake into the heart of the strike by pulling the pickets at one of the chains.
      • Secure the board to the frame using small finish nails driven part way into the inside frame edges.
      • Then stakes are driven in by hand and the fabric is attached to the stakes, completing the installation.
      • They drove pegs into his land to stake out claims, and prevented him from entering his fields.
      • He quickly spun himself around and drove the wooden stake into Riley's chest as Riley tried to fire off a shot.
      • To grip the bone, the screws have to be driven in the right direction.

    • 3.2(open up)

      (shaft/tunnel) perforar
      (tunnel/shaft) abrir
      the cavalry drove a passage through the enemy ranks la caballería abrió una brecha entre las filas enemigas
      • Almost as soon as work began above ground, work also began on driving a tunnel northwards towards the sandstone face of Worsley Delph.
      • A challenge facing the designers is that the tunnel will be driven through soft ground.
      • Donnellan and Everette drove the Sheridan tunnel 100 feet farther along the vein and found richer ore.
      • At the Daly mine they observed work in progress on the tunnel being driven about forty metres below the old workings.
      • From available evidence, it is believed that the short tunnel was driven prior to 1916 and that no further work was done.
      • A tunnel was driven into the hill to intersect the copper load which had been located and opened at the top of the hill.
      • The focus of mining then shifted back to the upper level, and during the 1980s a tunnel was driven northward into the quarry wall.
      • Second, if the countermine was driven below the mine, the counterminers could spring the end of their gallery, thereby collapsing the mine above.

  • 4

    • 4.1(cause to become)

      imprisonment drove him insane la prisión lo volvió loco / lo llevó a la locura
      • he drives me crazy / mad with his incessant chatter me saca de quicio con su constante cháchara
      • this pain is driving me crazy este dolor me está enloqueciendo
      • those blue eyes of yours really drive me wild! ¡esos ojazos azules me vuelven loco …!
      • his attitude drove her to despair su actitud la desesperaba
      • Sometimes, there are tremendous questions that overwhelm me, that drive me mad.
      • The Australian dollar opened unchanged today, with little economic news to drive price action overnight.
      • Listen ladies, going shoe shopping drives most men crazy.
      • It's driving me so mad that I'm forced in the end to appeal to the general public.
      • Sperm selection may thus be driven by the costs associated with inbreeding and outbreeding.
      • The boredom was driving him nuts, and it was impossible to sleep with the lights on.
      • The demographic changes that are driving the U.S. food market also are driving the larger global market.
      • It lacks narrative forms, is not reducible to conventional proverbs, and is driven by grievance against God and the world.
      • It drove me crazy that we all bent over backwards to be liked by her.
      • I was just trying to solve one of those annoying problems that drive CEOs nuts.
      • His story of losing his wife drove a reporter to tears.
      • It is clearly the bosses, the bankers, the stockbrokers and the generals who are driving the budgetary process.
      • It drives me crazy the way a lot of parents are afraid to say no.
      • Because winning means overcoming levels of boredom that can drive a man mad.
      • ‘My whole life, he used to put his hand on the top of my head and just hold it there, and it drove me crazy,’ she says.
      • I drove my parents crazy reciting states and their capitals.
      • Reb and I went to the Tracey Emin exhibition at the City Gallery and it drove me crazy because Emin can't spell.
      • I have to, before all this guilt I'm carrying around drives me absolutely insane.
      • Still, I didn't want to drive him mad with all my worries.
      • There was just something about him that drove her wild, and she knew that sometime soon things were going to change.
      • I feel like I'm the only one in the world with nothing to do, and it drives me crazy!
      • Of course poetry is also, even largely, driven by metaphor and image, in a host of ways.
      • For example, I have this chronic problem with losing things, and it drives me crazy.
      • These machines drove the market and eventually, a year after they were out, all of them had our BASIC built-in.
      • I have found that the engaged tone on a phone drives me crazy.
      • I think it drives the kids crazy because I sing very loudly and off key.
      • I tell you, I swear, you've been on my mind for years, and you're driving me crazy.
      • For well over its first century, American foreign policy was a partnership between government and business, driven by efforts to keep markets open for exports and investments.

    • 4.2(compel to act)

      to drive sb to + inf llevar / empujar a algn a + inf
      • we were driven to it by fear fue el miedo lo que nos llevó a hacerlo
      • she is driven by ambition la impulsa / motiva la ambición
      • She enrolled in nursing, not because of any influence from her mother, but because even at that tender age there was an inner force driving her.
      • However, that ambition drove him to take on challenges others avoided.
      • He disturbs us not because - as some have suggested - he no longer seems human, but because we can actually identify with the self-loathing which has driven him to such excesses.
      • I told him how stories about immigrants and diverse communities were so important to me, and how that passion drove me as a journalist.
      • Maybe I would have less passion, less fire, less anger driving me to make the world a better place.
      • They're too smart, competitive and driven to do anything so foolish as get in each other's way.
      • True love drives some men to strange behaviour.
      • Loyalty toward their team is a force that drives women to push their limits beyond what they once thought themselves capable of.
      • Necessity may yet drive them to strike a deal that is so clearly in both their national interests.
      • Fortunately, few of us can understand the forces that drove the terrorists to do what they did.
      • They lived lives that were hard and obsessive, that pushed them towards their limits; they were as determined and driven as any competitors I had met.
      • I don't know the reason for this one and curiosity will drive me to find out shortly.
      • He was driven by feelings of resentment and hatred, and felt compelled not only to defeat his enemies, but to humiliate them.
      • It was stupid, and fruitless considering the situation, but it was the only thing he could do, and his terror drove him to it.
      • The boy told Bradford Crown Court he thought he was going to be killed and was driven to a suicide attempt by the alleged incident.
      • He was, said his company, ‘deeply driven and incredibly competitive’, and inspired everyone around him to never take no for an answer.
      • In fall, the need to stockpile calories to survive the winter drives deer to seek high-calorie foods full of oils and starches.
      • While he recovers, Gary's constant jealousy finally drives his wife Tess to cheat on him in earnest.
      • Flippant to a frustrating degree, he give away precious little about the forces that drove him to become one of Ireland's most successful and wealthiest businessmen.
      • The family is very strong in this country and a lot of the talented kids are driven by the fact they want to help their family to better things.

    • 4.3(overwork)

      he drove them mercilessly los hizo trabajar como esclavos
      • they ought to work without being driven deberían trabajar sin que se les tuviera que estar encima
      • she drives herself far too hard se exige demasiado a sí misma

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (in vehicle)
    conducir Spain
    can you drive? ¿sabes manejar?
    • to drive on the right/left conducir por la derecha/izquierda
    • to drive at 50 km/h ir a 50 km/h
    • he was driving too fast iba demasiado deprisa
    • she drives to work va a trabajar en coche
    • we drove 300 miles/all night viajamos 300 millas/toda la noche
    • did you walk here? — no, I drove ¿viniste a pie? — no, en coche
    • we'll drive back/over tomorrow volveremos/iremos mañana (en el coche)
    • they drove away in a cloud of dust su coche se alejó en medio de una nube de polvo
    • his new car drives well su nuevo coche es muy fácil de conducir
  • 2

    (wind/dust/rain) azotar
    (dust/wind/rain) barrer
  • 3

    (point/tool) penetrar
    (army) penetrar
    (army) adentrarse


  • 1

    (in vehicle)
    to go for a drive ir a dar un paseo / una vuelta en coche
    • his house is ten minutes' drive away su casa está a diez minutos en coche
    • it's a three-hour/300-mile drive es un viaje de tres horas/300 millas en coche
    • it's a long drive from here está a muchas horas de coche de aquí
    • the roads are good, so it's an easy drive las carreteras son buenas así que se maneja sin problemas
  • 2

    (leading to house)
    camino masculine
    avenida feminine

    que lleva hasta una casa

  • 3

    (in front of house)
    entrada feminine

    para coches

  • 4

    (in street names)
    calle feminine
  • 5

    golpe fuerte masculine
  • 6

    empuje masculine
    dinamismo masculine
    she's totally lacking in drive no tiene nada de empuje / dinamismo
  • 7

    impulso masculine
    instinto masculine
    the sex drive el apetito sexual
  • 8

    (organized effort)
    campaña feminine
    a sales/export drive una campaña de ventas/exportación
    • a membership drive una campaña para atraer socios
  • 9

    (attacking move)
    ofensiva feminine
    avanzada feminine
  • 10

    (in US football)
    ataque masculine
  • 11British

    a bridge/whist drive un torneo de bridge/whist
  • 12

    (propulsion system)
    transmisión feminine
    propulsión feminine
    belt drive transmisión por correa feminine
  • 13

    Motor vehicles
    front-wheel/rear-wheel drive tracción delantera/trasera feminine
    • right-/left-hand drive con el volante a la derecha/a la izquierda
  • 14

    (automatic gear position)
    marcha feminine
    drive masculine
    to shift into drive poner el coche en marcha / drive