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driven

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

caused by or suggestive of an irresistible urge
  • a man with a driven need to be loved or liked by everyone

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driven

verb
past participle of drive

Synonyms & Antonyms of driven (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to urge, push, or force onward
  • cowboys drove the herd of cattle from San Antonio to San Francisco

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2 to travel by a motorized vehicle
  • I'm going to drive across the country—want to come?

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3 to apply force to (someone or something) so that it moves in front of one
  • drove the plunger into the opening

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4 to cause (a person) to give in to pressure
  • the corrupt governor was driven out of office

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6 to set or keep in motion
  • this motor drives the gears, which then turn the shaft

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The first known use of driven was in 1797

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“Driven.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/driven. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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