verb (used with object), o·ver·drove, o·ver·driv·en, o·ver·driv·ing.
- to push or carry to excess; overwork.
- to drive too hard.
- Machinery, Automotive. a device containing a gear set at such ratio and arrangement as to provide a drive shaft speed greater than the engine crankshaft speed.
- Informal. an intense state of activity or productivity: The political campaign has shifted into overdrive.
- a very high gear in a motor vehicle used at high speeds to reduce wear and save fuel
- in overdrive in a state of intense activity
- into overdrive into a state of intense activity
verb (ˌəʊvəˈdraɪv) -drives, -driving, -drove or -driven
- (tr) to drive too hard or too far; overwork or overuse
n.“speed-increasing gear in an automobile,” 1929, from over- + drive (n.).