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

adj compelled forcibly by an outside agency

involuntary, nonvoluntary, unvoluntary
not subject to the control of the will

adj urged or forced to action through moral pressure

provided with a motive or given incentive for action

adj strongly motivated to succeed

compulsive, determined
having a strong desire for success or achievement

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