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.

Nearby words

  1. drive-time,
  2. drive-up,
  3. driveaway,
  4. drivel,
  5. driveline,
  6. driver,
  7. driver ant,
  8. driver ed,
  9. driver education,
  10. driver's license

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

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British Dictionary definitions for drivenness

driven

/ (ˈdrɪvən) /

verb

the past participle of drive
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Word Origin and History for drivenness

driven

adj.

"motivated," by 1972, past participle adjective from drive (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with drivenness

driven

see pure as the driven snow.

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