treiben

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German trīben, from Old High German trīban, from Proto-Germanic *drībaną, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreybʰ- (to drive, push). Cognate with Low German drieven, Dutch drijven, English drive, Danish drive, Swedish driva. More at drive.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtʀaɪ̯bm̩/, /ˈtʀaɪ̯bən/
  • Hyphenation: trei‧ben
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Verb[edit]

treiben (class 1 strong, third-person singular simple present treibt, past tense trieb, past participle getrieben, past subjunctive triebe, auxiliary haben or sein)

  1. (transitive, auxiliary: “haben”) to drive (e.g. livestock); to propel; to force
  2. (transitive, auxiliary: “haben”) to put forth; to produce; to sprout
  3. (transitive, figuratively, auxiliary: “haben”) to urge
  4. (transitive, vulgar, slang, auxiliary: “haben”) to fuck
  5. (intransitive, auxiliary: “sein”) to drift; to float about
  6. (intransitive, auxiliary: “sein”) to sprout

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