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 for Driven
From 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.
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              A storm came on and drove them into Pylos. --Jowett
                                                    (Thucyd. ).
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              Shield pressed on shield, and man drove man along.
                                                    --Pope.
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              Go drive the deer and drag the finny prey. --Pope.
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     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.
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              How . . . proud he was to drive such a brother!
                                                    --Thackeray.
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     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.
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              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.
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     4. To carry or; to keep in motion; to conduct; to prosecute.
        [Now used only colloquially.] --Bacon.
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              The trade of life can not be driven without
              partners.                             --Collier.
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     5. To clear, by forcing away what is contained.
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              To drive the country, force the swains away.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     6. (Mining) To dig Horizontally; to cut a horizontal gallery
        or tunnel. --Tomlinson.
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     7. To pass away; -- said of time. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     8. Specif., in various games, as tennis, baseball, etc., to
        propel (the ball) swiftly by a direct stroke or forcible
        throw.
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     9. to operate (a vehicle) while it is on motion, by
        manipulating the controls, such as the steering,
        propulsion, and braking mechanisms.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Driven \Driv"en\, p. p.
     of Drive. Also adj.
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     Driven well, a well made by driving a tube into the earth
        to an aqueous stratum; -- called also drive well.
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From 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]

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