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1. verb To return home by car. When do you plan to drive home from the party?
2. verb To drive someone to their house. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drive" and "home." Can any of you guys drive me home after the student council meeting? I'll drive her home, don't worry, Mrs. Smith.
3. verb To emphasize something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drive" and "home." The nightly news always drives home the presence of danger in our city and makes my anxiety worse.
4. noun The ride to one's house. You can sleep on the drive home—it'll take five hours, after all. The traffic jam made my drive home twice as long as normal.
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(to someone) Fig. to emphasize an important point about something (to someone). The teacher repeated the point three times just to drive it home. I hope this really drives the importance of safety home to you. The accident drove home the importance of wearing seatbelts to everyone concerned.
Make clearly understood, make a point, as in The network news programs drive home the fact that violence is part of urban life. This expression uses the verb drive in the sense of "force by a blow or thrust" (as in driving a nail). Samuel Hieron used it in Works (1607): "That I may ... drive home the nail of this exhortation even to the head."