driven [driv-uh n] verb past participle of. 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 formsdriv·en·ness, nounun·driv·en, adjectivewell-driv·en, adjective Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 British Dictionary definitions for drivenness driven verb the past participle ofCollins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for drivenness driven adj.
“motivated,” by 1972, past participle adjective from(v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper Idioms and Phrases with drivenness driven
see pure as the driven snow.
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