Definition of driven in English:




  • 1[in combination] Operated, moved, or controlled by a specified person or source of power.

    ‘a chauffeur-driven limousine’
    ‘wind-driven sand’
    1. 1.1Motivated or determined by a specified factor or feeling.
      ‘a market-driven response to customer needs’
    2. 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’
      • ‘Most of my classmates, in fact, turned out to be similarly driven.’
      • ‘In this, Grosvenor confounds every preconception you might have about highly driven Cambridge graduates.’
      • ‘For those who believe that big salaries should just get bigger, the implication is that top people are driven largely by the first effect.’
      • ‘Hyslop and Sturgeon are both in their 30s, both brought up in Ayrshire, both driven and tough.’
      • ‘It never failed to amaze Charles how brilliant and driven she really was.’
      • ‘The women are also driven by the longing to be beautiful, which goes hand-in-hand with the desire to be a fine dancer.’
      • ‘No, they are sometimes too rough, too driven by circulation targets and proprietors with an eye for profit, too sensational, too uncaring.’
      • ‘He is a driven person with one goal.’
      • ‘Though with these two highest ranked contestants in this competition being as driven as they are it would hardly be otherwise.’
      • ‘The new breed is full of confidence, driven by restless ambition.’
      • ‘Driven by my stomach we went to walmart to stock up on munchies.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘So I am not exactly pure as the driven snow where the books are concerned.’
    • ‘Oh of course, he is as totally pure as the driven snow in comparison!’
    • ‘‘He puts himself out there as pure as the driven snow, and he's not,’ says Jacobs.’
    • ‘He may be pure as the driven snow, yet in my view he should go.’
    • ‘I also hear that we have got so besotted with cleansing ourselves to the point of the driven snow that the bosses can't even be seen in a corporate box these days.’
    • ‘When it comes to that aspect in my life, I'm a pure as the clean driven snow.’
    • ‘Then, of course, as time went on, it was discovered that perhaps it was not as pure as the driven snow and that amendments were needed.’
    • ‘In fact they, we, are all wired together, and only the driven snow may be pure.’
    • ‘Even driven snow has at each flake's heart a speck of soot around which the crystal coalesces.’
    • ‘His assassins' motives were as pure as the driven slush.’
    • ‘This would affect a lot of people because many bankrupts, shall we say, are not entirely pure as the driven snow.’
    • ‘But as we have learned in this contest, Clarke is not exactly pure as the driven snow himself.’
    • ‘Whoever dreamt up the expression ‘pure as the driven snow’ lied.’
    • ‘You want pop as pure but biting as the driven Yorkshire snow.’
    • ‘You have posted twice on this board to tout both your article ‘pure as the driven snow’ and yourself.’
    • ‘She acts pure as the driven snow (but not cold) and she is extremely neat and clean about her desk and her personal appearance.’
    • ‘It seemed a remarkably interesting change from blue-collar soldiers and pure patriotic ‘pure as the driven snow’ operatives.’
    • ‘It may never be as pure as driven snow - what sport is? - yet swimming's public reputation remains relatively intact.’
    • ‘So the idea that somehow we are as pure as driven snow and that we take sporting success and failure in our stride is just hogwash.’
    • ‘Were they not as pure as the driven snow back then!’