[ driv-uh n ]
/ ˈdrɪv ən /


past participle of drive.


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for drivenness


/ (ˈdrɪvən) /


the past participle of drive
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Idioms and Phrases with drivenness


see pure as the driven snow.

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