driv·​en ˈdri-vən How to pronounce driven (audio)
: having a compulsive or urgent quality
a driven sense of obligation
: determined to succeed : highly energetic and motivated
… a versatile yacht captained by a driven skipper who has won everything in the sport …Herb McCormick
Kinsey redoubled his efforts. If he had been driven before, now there was a manic quality to his work.David Halberstam
: propelled or motivated by something
used in combination
a character-driven drama
drivenness noun
He was born two months premature and she has never stopped asking herself whether it was her drivenness, her refusal to rest, that caused it. Michele Magwood

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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Word History


see drive entry 1

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of driven was in 1797

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“Driven.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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