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From Middle Dutch trecken, from Old Dutch *trecken, from Proto-Germanic *trakjaną (to drag), causative of Proto-Germanic *trekaną (to push, draw, scratch), from Proto-Indo-European *dereg- (to pull). Cognate with Low German and Middle Low German trecken, Middle High German trecken, Old Frisian trekka (> West Frisian trekke).



trekken (past singular trok, past participle getrokken)

  1. (transitive) to pull, to draw
    De os trekt de ploeg over de akker.
    The ox draws the plough across the field.
    Trek aan het koord als je hulp nodig hebt.
    Pull on the rope if you need help.
    Door twee punten kan een rechte lijn getrokken worden.
    Through two points a straight line can be drawn.
  2. (transitive) to manage, to have the strength for
  3. (intransitive) to migrate
  4. (intransitive, vulgar) to jerk off, masturbate
  5. (intransitive, Belgium) to photograph, take a picture



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