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[driv-uh n]
  1. past participle of drive.
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  1. being under compulsion, as to succeed or excel: a driven young man who was fiercely competitive.
  2. 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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Related formsdriv·en·ness, nounun·driv·en, adjectivewell-driv·en, adjective
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Historical Examples of well-driven

  • This is, in fact, the ideal trajectory of a well-driven ball.

    The Soul of Golf

    Percy Adolphus Vaile

  • This a hardy, well-driven horse could do, even in the hottest climate.

    The Art of Travel

    Francis Galton

  • The men, well-driven by Mr. Pike, were ripe for an explosion, and Possum and the hen laid the train.

  • They made all the haste possible, assisted and abetted by a well-driven taxicab with a fairly good engine.

    The Tigress

    Anne Warner

British Dictionary definitions for well-driven


  1. the past participle of drive
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Word Origin and History for well-driven



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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with well-driven


see pure as the driven snow.

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