If you’re driven, you’re strongly compelled or motivated to achieve a goal. If you’re a driven gymnast, you spend hours in the gym each night perfecting your balance beam routine.

If you know someone who is incredibly ambitious and hard working, you can call them driven. It takes a driven student to make it through medical school, and a driven dog musher to complete the Iditarod. In other words, you need drive, or determination, to achieve these things. Driven can also mean “moved and piled into drifts by wind,” often in the phrase “driven snow.” When combined with another noun, it can mean “propelled or powered,” as in “a wind-driven boat.”

Definitions of driven
  1. adjective

    compelled forcibly by an outside agency


    involuntary, nonvoluntary, unvoluntary

    not subject to the control of the will
  2. adjective

    urged or forced to action through moral pressure



    provided with a motive or given incentive for action
  3. adjective

    strongly motivated to succeed

    compulsive, determined


    having a strong desire for success or achievement

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