driven

adjective
driv·​en | \ ˈdri-vən How to pronounce driven (audio) \

Definition of driven

1a : having a compulsive or urgent quality a driven sense of obligation
b : 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
2 : propelled or motivated by something used in combination results-drivena character-driven drama

Other Words from driven

drivenness \ ˈdri-​vən-​nəs How to pronounce driven (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Steve Jbara, President at Grand Rapids Gold, is a driven and innovative entrepreneur. Steve Jbara, Forbes, 26 Aug. 2022 Steve Jbara, President at Grand Rapids Gold, is a driven and innovative entrepreneur. Steve Jbara, Forbes, 26 Aug. 2022 The conflict has made energy supplies scarce and driven prices higher. Paul Wiseman, Fortune, 5 Aug. 2022 Steve Jbara, President at Grand Rapids Gold, is a driven and innovative entrepreneur. Steve Jbara, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Russia’s war against Ukraine has disrupted trade in energy, grains and other commodities and driven fuel and food prices dramatically higher. Paul Wiseman, Chicago Tribune, 26 May 2022 Vlasic, a driven, decisive and impeccably dressed Bloomfield Hills business executive, played pivotal roles on the boards of Henry Ford Hospital and Cranbrook Educational Community. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2022 According to a new study, women feel burned out, less driven and less inspired since the pandemic. Kim Elsesser, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 Hair and makeup artist Jason Rail, who’d joined Beyoncé’s project through fellow glam squad member Mathu Andersen (best known these days for his work with RuPaul), recalls a driven but funny young star who made a lot of eye contact. Sydney Urbanek, Billboard, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of driven

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for driven

see drive entry 1

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Last Updated

16 Sep 2022

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“Driven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/driven. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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