driven driven  /d ˈrɪ vən/


  1. (n) the act of applying force to propel something
  2. (n) a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine
  3. (n) a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
  4. (n) a road leading up to a private house
  5. (n) the trait of being highly motivated
  6. (n) hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver
  7. (n) the act of driving a herd of animals overland
  8. (n) a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)
  9. (n) a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire
  10. (n) (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium
  11. (n) a wide scenic road planted with trees
  12. (n) (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)
  13. (v) operate or control a vehicle
  14. (v) travel or be transported in a vehicle
  15. (v) cause someone or something to move by driving
  16. (v) force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically
  17. (v) to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly
  18. (v) cause to move back by force or influence
  19. (v) compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment
  20. (v) push, propel, or press with force
  21. (v) cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force
  22. (v) strive and make an effort to reach a goal
  23. (v) move into a desired direction of discourse
  24. (v) have certain properties when driven
  25. (v) work as a driver
  26. (v) move by being propelled by a force
  27. (v) urge forward
  28. (v) proceed along in a vehicle
  29. (v) strike with a driver, as in teeing off
  30. (v) hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally
  31. (v) excavate horizontally
  32. (v) cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling
  33. (v) hunting: search for game
  34. (v) hunting: chase from cover into more open ground
  35. (adj) compelled forcibly by an outside agency
  36. (adj) urged or forced to action through moral pressure
  37. (adj) strongly motivated to succeed


  1. The best-selling megapastor wants to turn the genocide site into the first purpose-driven nation.
  2. Much of Vietnam's recent growth has been driven by its expanding manufacturing sector, but now assembly line workers' salaries are being outpaced by basic living costs.
  3. The fourth Lancia, driven by Dominican Playboy Porfirio Rubirosa, was well back in the pack.


  1. Even after Dodgers-Diamondbacks punishments, MLB must do more to curb beanball incidents

    Three days after the beanball-driven brawl between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers, Major League Baseball finally announced suspensions for five players, both managers and one coach, as well as fines for those eight individuals and four additional ones.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Sports Illustrated

  2. Vehicle driven into the water in Brewerton, Onondaga County sheriff's deputies say

    The driver of the vehicle was out of the vehicle, deputies said. It's not clear what body of water the vehicle was driven into.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Post-Standard

  3. Cleveland Indians hopes tick up, stats-driven Believe-O-Meter shows

    Stats-driven Believe-O-Meter shows slightly improved prospects for the Cleveland Indians after closing their road trip with two straight wins.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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  1. Sen. Barack Obama accused Clinton of "slash-and-burn, say-anything, do-anything special interest-driven politics."
    on Apr 19, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: San Jose Mercury News

  2. "I love this country and I was not going to sit idly by and watch an incoming opposition cut education, cut health and smash rights at work," she said. "My values and my beliefs have driven me to step forward to take this position as prime...
    on Jun 24, 2010 By: Julia Gillard Source: Voice of America

  3. "The poorest and must vulnerable groups risk the most serious - and in some cases, permanent - damage," Zoellick said. "One hundred million people have already been driven into poverty this year and that number will grow."
    on Oct 12, 2008 By: Robert Zoellick Source: International Herald Tribune

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