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.

Related forms

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

Definition for driven (2 of 2)

Origin of drive

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

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Synonym study

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.
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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

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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Medicine 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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