Definition of driven 

1 : having a compulsive or urgent quality a driven sense of obligation

2 : propelled or motivated by something used in combination results-driven

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Other Words from driven

drivenness \ˈdri-​vən-​nəs \ noun

Examples of driven in a Sentence

They are driven, successful people. a man with a driven need to be loved or liked by everyone

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The variously slinky and driven choreography features such sidelights as pratfalls, teasingly competitive back-and-forth accents, sassy shoulder shimmies and snappy hand jives. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘Minimalism and Me’ Review: Twyla Tharp Tells Her Story," 19 Nov. 2018 That sensor bar is also mirrored on the back, and all around the car is a 360-degree strip of LED lights that are used to communicate the car’s intent to pedestrians and human-driven cars. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Volvo’s 360c concept has softened my cynicism about autonomous cars," 6 Sep. 2018 Marcus Rashford whipped a free kick over the crossbar with nine minutes to play, before substitute Dries Mertens saw his driven effort saved by Pickford at the other end., "England 0-1 Belgium: Januzaj Stunner Seals Group G Success for Red Devils as Three Lions Falter," 28 June 2018 Jodie Landon Daria had two close friends: Her bestie and fellow goth Jane Lane, and her intellectual equal, the observant and driven Jodie Landon. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "9 'Daria' Details I'm Praying to See in MTV's Reboot," 22 June 2018 And this office is full of creative and driven people. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Scott Clayton Discusses His Move From CAA to WME: 'It's Just a Different Mindset Over Here' (Exclusive)," 5 June 2018 Letting that opportunity slip through his fingers is something the driven young man won’t soon forget. Nate Weitzer,, "At Dover-Sherborn, a tennis perfectionist leads the way," 8 June 2018 And driverless cars won’t be replacing all human-driven cars overnight, meaning an awkward mix of robots and humans sharing roadways. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "How Driverless Cars Are Going to Change Cities," 26 June 2018 Not one of the 100 movies was reviewed by an equal number of men and women – not even the 36 identified as female-driven pictures, where the reviews of all but eight failed to clear the benchmark of one-third female-written. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, "Film Critics Even Less Diverse Than Films, Study Finds," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of driven

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for driven

see drive entry 1

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The first known use of driven was in 1925

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English Language Learners Definition of driven

: very determined to succeed

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