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

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Other Words from driven

drivenness \ ˈdri-​vən-​nəs How to pronounce drivenness (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

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Time and again, Hollywood likes to trot out the argument that diverse, female-driven films don’t make money, but Hustlers stands as proof to the contrary with glowing reviews to match. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hustlers earns Jennifer Lopez a career high opening with $33.2 million debut," 15 Sep. 2019 Self-driving cars may turn out to be a much safer technology than human-driven cars, as Heller argues. Liaquat Ahamed, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 26 Aug. 2019 But the Mormon missionaries themselves are multidimensional human characters who are faithful, good-natured and driven to do their duty. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘The Book of Mormon': Irreverent and profane, but still funny after all these years," 25 July 2019 Gretchen’s mother, Gladys, was a single parent and a highly driven career woman. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Caregiving means evolving relationships," 18 July 2019 Decades of tests by independent, non-litigation driven experts and institutions repeatedly confirm that Johnson’s Baby Powder does not contain asbestos or cause cancer. Julie Mazziotta,, "Jury Awards Woman with Terminal Cancer $12M in Lawsuit Against Johnson & Johnson and Colgate," 12 June 2019 Diversity in Music Award Recognizes individual artists or female-driven musical collaborations for their contribution to advancing a culturally diverse and inclusive music industry. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Australian Women in Music Awards 2019 Are Coming," 11 June 2019 Indeed, like everyone else at this weekend’s gala, McCaskey acknowledged the promising present of these Bears with a young and driven team that can realistically think about winning it all. Dan Wiederer,, "'Like a happy dream that just keeps going on': Virginia McCaskey gets emotional at Bears100 Celebration," 9 June 2019 Companies have been pouring billions into the development of self-driving vehicles, which technologists believe can one day operate more safely, reliably and inexpensively than human-driven cars. Greg Bensinger, WSJ, "Uber to Resume Self-Driving Car Tests in Pittsburgh After Hiatus," 20 Dec. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of driven

: very determined to succeed

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