driven

[ driv-uh n ]
/ ˈdrɪv ən /

verb

past participle of drive.

adjective

being under compulsion, as to succeed or excel: a driven young man who was fiercely competitive.
controlled or propelled by something specified (used in combination): a market-driven approach to retaining talent; data-driven business strategies; a water pump that is solar driven.

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OTHER WORDS FROM driven

driv·en·ness, nounun·driv·en, adjectivewell-driv·en, adjective

Definition for driven (2 of 2)

Origin of drive

First recorded before 900; Middle English drīven, Old English drīfan; cognate with Dutch drijven, Old Norse drīfa, Gothic dreiban, German treiben

synonym study for drive

2, 15. Drive, ride are used interchangeably to mean traveling in an automobile or, formerly, in a horse-drawn vehicle. These two words are not synonyms in other connections. To drive is to maneuver, guide, or steer the progress of a vehicle, animal, etc.: to drive a bus, a horse. To ride is to be carried about by an animal or be carried as a passenger in a vehicle: to ride a horse, a train, a bus.

OTHER WORDS FROM drive

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British Dictionary definitions for driven (1 of 2)

driven
/ (ˈdrɪvən) /

verb

the past participle of drive

British Dictionary definitions for driven (2 of 2)

drive
/ (draɪv) /

verb drives, driving, drove (drəʊv) or driven (ˈdrɪvən)

noun

Derived forms of drive

drivable or driveable, adjectivedrivability or driveability, noun

Word Origin for drive

Old English drīfan; related to Old Frisian drīva, Old Norse drīfa, Gothic dreiban, Old High German trīban
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Medical definitions for driven

drive
[ drīv ]

n.

A strong motivating tendency or instinct, especially of sexual or aggressive origin, that prompts activity toward a particular end.
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Idioms and Phrases with driven

driven

see pure as the driven snow.

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