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I have this horrific thing where I'm really bad with names and faces. I have an appalling memory. Someone will come up to me in the street and go, 'Eddie!', and I'll try and give myself time by going into overdrive, 'Hey, hi! Nice to see you!' and start a whole conversation because I can't distinguish between who I know and who I don't.
Eddie Redmayne

Meaning of "overdrive" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF OVERDRIVE

overdrive  [ˈəʊvəˌdraɪv] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF OVERDRIVE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Overdrive is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb overdrive in English.

WHAT DOES OVERDRIVE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of overdrive in the English dictionary

The definition of overdrive in the dictionary is a very high gear in a motor vehicle used at high speeds to reduce wear and save fuel. Other definition of overdrive is to drive too hard or too far; overwork or overuse.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO OVERDRIVE

PRESENT

Present
I overdrive
you overdrive
he/she/it overdrives
we overdrive
you overdrive
they overdrive
Present continuous
I am overdriving
you are overdriving
he/she/it is overdriving
we are overdriving
you are overdriving
they are overdriving
Present perfect
I have overdriven
you have overdriven
he/she/it has overdriven
we have overdriven
you have overdriven
they have overdriven
Present perfect continuous
I have been overdriving
you have been overdriving
he/she/it has been overdriving
we have been overdriving
you have been overdriving
they have been overdriving
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I overdrove
you overdrove
he/she/it overdrove
we overdrove
you overdrove
they overdrove
Past continuous
I was overdriving
you were overdriving
he/she/it was overdriving
we were overdriving
you were overdriving
they were overdriving
Past perfect
I had overdriven
you had overdriven
he/she/it had overdriven
we had overdriven
you had overdriven
they had overdriven
Past perfect continuous
I had been overdriving
you had been overdriving
he/she/it had been overdriving
we had been overdriving
you had been overdriving
they had been overdriving
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will overdrive
you will overdrive
he/she/it will overdrive
we will overdrive
you will overdrive
they will overdrive
Future continuous
I will be overdriving
you will be overdriving
he/she/it will be overdriving
we will be overdriving
you will be overdriving
they will be overdriving
Future perfect
I will have overdriven
you will have overdriven
he/she/it will have overdriven
we will have overdriven
you will have overdriven
they will have overdriven
Future perfect continuous
I will have been overdriving
you will have been overdriving
he/she/it will have been overdriving
we will have been overdriving
you will have been overdriving
they will have been overdriving
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would overdrive
you would overdrive
he/she/it would overdrive
we would overdrive
you would overdrive
they would overdrive
Conditional continuous
I would be overdriving
you would be overdriving
he/she/it would be overdriving
we would be overdriving
you would be overdriving
they would be overdriving
Conditional perfect
I would have overdrive
you would have overdrive
he/she/it would have overdrive
we would have overdrive
you would have overdrive
they would have overdrive
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been overdriving
you would have been overdriving
he/she/it would have been overdriving
we would have been overdriving
you would have been overdriving
they would have been overdriving
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you overdrive
we let´s overdrive
you overdrive
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to overdrive
Past participle
overdriven
Present Participle
overdriving
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH OVERDRIVE


all-wheel-drive
ˌɔːlwiːlˈdraɪv
arrive
əˈraɪv
co-drive
ˌkəʊˈdraɪv
contrive
kənˈtraɪv
deprive
dɪˈpraɪv
derive
dɪˈraɪv
descrive
dɪˈskraɪv
drink-drive
ˌdrɪŋkˈdraɪv
drive
draɪv
microdrive
ˈmaɪkrəʊˌdraɪv
outdrive
ˌaʊtˈdraɪv
posidrive
ˈpɒzɪˌdraɪv
redrive
riːˈdraɪv
rive
raɪv
shrive
ʃraɪv
strive
straɪv
thrive
θraɪv
underdrive
ˈʌndəˌdraɪv
waterdrive
ˈwɔːtərˌdraɪv

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE OVERDRIVE

overdraft
overdraft facility
overdraft interest
overdraft limit
overdramatic
overdramatise
overdramatize
overdraught
overdraw
overdrawn
overdress
overdressed
overdrew
overdrink
overdriven
overdriving
overdrove
overdry
overdub
overdubbed

WORDS THAT END LIKE OVERDRIVE

all-wheel drive
belt drive
cattle drive
CD-ROM drive
disk drive
flash drive
fly-drive
four-wheel drive
front-wheel drive
hard disk drive
hard drive
in overdrive
motor drive
pen drive
rear-wheel drive
self-drive
sex drive
test drive
test-drive
USB drive
worm drive

Synonyms and antonyms of overdrive in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «overdrive» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF OVERDRIVE

Find out the translation of overdrive to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of overdrive from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «overdrive» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

超速
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

saturar
570 millions of speakers

English

overdrive
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

तेज
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

أوفردرايف
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

овердрайв
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

drivear
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

overdrive
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

overdrive
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Berlebihan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Overdrive
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

オーバードライブ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

오버 드라이브
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Overdrive
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

cho chạy nhiều
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஓவர்ரைட்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ओव्हरड्राइव
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

aşırı hız yapmak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

overdrive
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

overdrive
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

овердрайв
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

overdrive
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

υπεροδηγείται
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

ooreis
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

overdrive
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

drive
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of overdrive

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «OVERDRIVE»

The term «overdrive» is very widely used and occupies the 8.851 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «OVERDRIVE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about overdrive

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3 QUOTES WITH «OVERDRIVE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word overdrive.
1
Hamish Bowles
After student years of flat-sharing and living with other people's taste, I went into decorating overdrive when I acquired my first apartment - its floor plan not much bigger than the vintage Hermes scarves I then wore side-knotted on my head, pirate-style.
2
Eddie Redmayne
I have this horrific thing where I'm really bad with names and faces. I have an appalling memory. Someone will come up to me in the street and go, 'Eddie!', and I'll try and give myself time by going into overdrive, 'Hey, hi! Nice to see you!' and start a whole conversation because I can't distinguish between who I know and who I don't.
3
Terence Stamp
I have always had this energy, which I think of as overdrive.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «OVERDRIVE»

Discover the use of overdrive in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to overdrive and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Overdrive
Jake has finally got his driver's license, and tonight he has his brother's car as well.
Eric Walters, 2004
2
Mona Lisa Overdrive
William Gibson, author of the extraordinary multiaward-winning novel Neuromancer, has written his most brilliant and thrilling work to date . . .The Mona Lisa Overdrive.
William Gibson, 2012
3
Velocity Overdrive
The book details the velocity-driven road to reinvention that begins in used vehicles and extends to other dealership departments. This is a transformative time for the car business, Pollak says.
Dale Pollak, 2013
4
Overdrive
As Jamie fights to earn her NASCAR license, her foster brother, Tim, takes a job in the Maxwell garage and finds out more about his father's death.
Chris Fabry, 2008
5
Overdrive
My hope is the book will give the reader food for thought and interesting discussion. My prayer is the book will inspire the reader to make their dreams a reality.
Carmen K. Glenn, 2006
6
Overdrive: Bill Gates and the Race to Control Cyberspace
This is the most informative book yet on Bill Gates and Microsoft." -the Washington Post "Remarkable . . . This book will make you wonder why you didn't buy Microsoft stock when it went public.
James Wallace, 1998
7
GM Automatic Overdrive Transmission Builder's and Swapper's ...
In this book, expert mechanic and drag racer Cliff Ruggles demystifies the popular GM 700-R4 and 4L60 automatic transmissions.
Cliff Ruggles, 2008
8
Overdrive
To win her heart, he’ll have to touch off her internal combustion.
Chloe Cole, 2013
9
Overdrive
A story of self-deception and the fragility of self-discovery, this novel explores the dangers and temptations of the modern quest for happiness and self-understanding.
David Haight, 2005
10
Bride in Overdrive: A Journey into Wedding Insanity and Back
Adventures in the life of a bride-to-be: Waiting for the proposal . . . and waiting . . . and waiting Sometimes love means compromising on your china pattern The "slightly less painful than sawing off a limb" wedding-dress diet Merging ...
Jorie Green Mark, 2013

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «OVERDRIVE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term overdrive is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Should I disengage overdrive on hills?
Q: I drive a Mazda Miata that has an overdrive button on its shifter. Anytime I am going up a steep grade or coming down a hill, I disengage the ... «Bend Bulletin, Jul 15»
2
Touch-A-Truck puts fun in maximum overdrive
STAFF PHOTO BY CINDY KUBOVIC Bryson Joseph, 4, and Sadiq Potts, 8, take the wheel at Touch-A-Truck Day. Hundreds of children kicked ... «Aiken Standard, Jul 15»
3
Bob Wilson: Motor mouth Trump goes into overdrive
Bob Wilson: Motor mouth Trump goes into overdrive. Donald Trump's remarks about John McCain insult anyone who has worn a uniform. «News & Observer, Jul 15»
4
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive Lands on PS4 with …
Hey, you're in the mood for an anime-inspired co-op brawler, aren't you? One of the best in the business just made its way to PS4, and it's ... «Co-Optimus.com, Jul 15»
5
The week climate change diplomacy went into overdrive
An unprecedented climate diplomacy drive is now fully underway, spanning continents and forcing governments to focus on what a UN global ... «RTCC, Jul 15»
6
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive Now Available on the …
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive is a cooperative, side-scrolling beat'em up. But don't mistaken it for just another brawler. Its got an ... «Anime News Network, Jul 15»
7
Overdrive Digital at McFarlen Library
FLINT — OverDrive's digital bookmobile will roll into town on July 28 and park at the Grand Blanc-McFarlen Library from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Patrons ... «Grandblancview, Jul 15»
8
August 2015 issue of OVERDRIVE out on stands now
The sub-4 metre sedan segment is currently dominated by the might of the Desire. Can the new Ford Figo Aspire spell a might-shift? Can the ... «Firstpost, Jul 15»
9
Van freight: Demand shift in the last week
For Overdrive's rate spotlight for this week, the DAT network of load boards reports outbound dry van demand on the spot market cooled off ... «Overdrive Magazine, Jul 15»
10
Anki Overdrive is high-speed, super-smart racing fun
With Anki Overdrive, though, Anki has gone more than a few steps further, creating what may be the best possible version of the classic ... «Mashable, Jul 15»

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