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"driven" in British English

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drivenadjective

uk   us   /ˈdrɪv.ən/

-drivensuffix

uk   us   /-drɪv.ən/
  • -driven suffix (POWER)

providing the ​power to ​keep a ​machineworking, or to make something ​happen: The new ​ships, ​propelled by ​gasturbines, ​require less ​maintenance than ​older, steam-driven ​ones. The ​factremains that there are some ​publicservices that cannot be ​entirely market-​driven (= ​controlled by ​economicforces).
  • -driven suffix (VEHICLE)

describing the ​persondriving a ​vehicle: He ​arrived every ​morning by chauffeur-​drivencar.
(Definition of driven from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"driven" in Business English

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drivenadjective

uk   us   /ˈdrɪvən/
if someone is driven, all their ​effort is ​directed towards ​achieving a particular ​result: He is a driven man - capable of anything.

-drivensuffix

caused or ​influenced by something or someone: The company's ​policies are essentially cost-driven. consumer-driven/market-driven/product-driven
moved, ​operated, or ​controlled by something: The ​declineaccelerated in late afternoon as computer-drivenselling kicked in. diesel-driven/gas-driven/electrically-driven ​vehicle
(Definition of driven from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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