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Wordnet 3.0

ADJECTIVE (3)

1. compelled forcibly by an outside agency;
- Example: "mobs goaded by blind hatred"
[syn: driven, goaded]

2. urged or forced to action through moral pressure;
- Example: "felt impelled to take a stand against the issue"
[syn: driven, impelled]

3. strongly motivated to succeed;
[syn: compulsive, determined, driven]

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3 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Drive \Drive\ (dr[imac]v), v. t. [imp. Drove (dr[=o]v), formerly Drave (dr[=a]v); p. p. Driven (dr[i^]v'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Driving.] [AS. dr[imac]fan; akin to OS. dr[imac]ban, D. drijven, OHG. tr[imac]ban, G. treiben, Icel. dr[imac]fa, Goth. dreiban. Cf. Drift, Drove.] 1. To impel or urge onward by force in a direction away from one, or along before one; to push forward; to compel to move on; to communicate motion to; as, to drive cattle; to drive a nail; smoke drives persons from a room. [1913 Webster] A storm came on and drove them into Pylos. --Jowett (Thucyd. ). [1913 Webster] Shield pressed on shield, and man drove man along. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Go drive the deer and drag the finny prey. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. To urge on and direct the motions of, as the beasts which draw a vehicle, or the vehicle borne by them; hence, also, to take in a carriage; to convey in a vehicle drawn by beasts; as, to drive a pair of horses or a stage; to drive a person to his own door. [1913 Webster] How . . . proud he was to drive such a brother! --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] 3. To urge, impel, or hurry forward; to force; to constrain; to urge, press, or bring to a point or state; as, to drive a person by necessity, by persuasion, by force of circumstances, by argument, and the like. " Enough to drive one mad." --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] He, driven to dismount, threatened, if I did not do the like, to do as much for my horse as fortune had done for his. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] 4. To carry or; to keep in motion; to conduct; to prosecute. [Now used only colloquially.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster] The trade of life can not be driven without partners. --Collier. [1913 Webster] 5. To clear, by forcing away what is contained. [1913 Webster] To drive the country, force the swains away. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 6. (Mining) To dig Horizontally; to cut a horizontal gallery or tunnel. --Tomlinson. [1913 Webster] 7. To pass away; -- said of time. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 8. Specif., in various games, as tennis, baseball, etc., to propel (the ball) swiftly by a direct stroke or forcible throw. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 9. to operate (a vehicle) while it is on motion, by manipulating the controls, such as the steering, propulsion, and braking mechanisms. [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Driven \Driv"en\, p. p. of Drive. Also adj. [1913 Webster] Driven well, a well made by driving a tube into the earth to an aqueous stratum; -- called also drive well. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

driven adj 1: compelled forcibly by an outside agency; "mobs goaded by blind hatred" [syn: driven, goaded] 2: urged or forced to action through moral pressure; "felt impelled to take a stand against the issue" [syn: driven, impelled] 3: strongly motivated to succeed [syn: compulsive, determined, driven]