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Past participle of drive.
1. Piled up or carried along by a current: driven snow.
2. Motivated by or having a compulsive quality or need: a driven person.
3. Caused, sustained, or stimulated: an export-driven economic recovery.
4. Powered, operated, or controlled: a piston-driven airplane; a menu-driven software program.


the past participle of drive
determined and energetic


(ˈdrɪv ən)

1. pp. of drive.
2. being under compulsion, as to succeed or excel.
driv′en•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.driven - compelled forcibly by an outside agency; "mobs goaded by blind hatred"
involuntary, nonvoluntary, unvoluntary - not subject to the control of the will; "involuntary manslaughter"; "involuntary servitude"; "an involuntary shudder"; "It (becoming a hero) was involuntary. They sank my boat"- John F.Kennedy
2.driven - urged or forced to action through moral pressure; "felt impelled to take a stand against the issue"
motivated - provided with a motive or given incentive for action; "a highly motivated child can learn almost anything"; "a group of politically motivated men"
3.driven - strongly motivated to succeed
ambitious - having a strong desire for success or achievement
References in classic literature ?
Sit down and rest while I put these things away, then I want to consult you about a very serious matter," said Amy, when she had shown her splendor and driven Polly into a corner.
Adolph Myers was driven from the Pennsylvania town in the night.
It seemed madness to venture out into it, yet they had been driven from the cave by those who had every right of discovery to say who, and who should not, partake of its hospitality.
On the contrary, during one period of my life religion took a firm hold upon me; after I was twelve and until-until--why, I suppose until now, though I never thought much about it--just driven along by habit.
Foot by foot, they were driven back from the shores, until I, that am a chief and a Sagamore, have never seen the sun shine but through the trees, and have never visited the graves of my fathers.