Definition of driven in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdrɪvn/


past participle of drive.


1 [in combination] Operated, moved, or controlled by a specified person or source of power: a chauffeur-driven limousine wind-driven sand
1.1Motivated or determined by a specified factor or feeling: a market-driven response to customer needs
1.2(Of a person) relentlessly compelled by the need to accomplish a goal; very hard-working and ambitious: my husband is a driven man
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  • Most of my classmates, in fact, turned out to be similarly driven.
  • The new breed is full of confidence, driven by restless ambition.
  • He is driven to find his captured niece Debbie, who was kidnapped by marauding Comanches.
2(Of snow) piled into drifts or made smooth by the wind: figurative she was as pure as the driven snow
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  • It seemed a remarkably interesting change from blue-collar soldiers and pure patriotic ‘pure as the driven snow’ operatives.
  • His assassins' motives were as pure as the driven slush.
  • You have posted twice on this board to tout both your article ‘pure as the driven snow’ and yourself.

Words that rhyme with driven

forgiven, given, misgiven, Niven, riven, shriven, thriven

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