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From Dutch drijven, from Middle Dutch drîven, from Old Dutch drīven, *drīvan, from Proto-Germanic *drībaną.


dryf (present dryf, present participle drywende, past participle gedryf)

  1. (intransitive) To float.
    Hout dryf op water.
    Wood floats on water.
  2. (transitive) To drive; to push.
    Die wind dryf die skip ooste toe.
    The wind drives the ship eastwards.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To drive; to motivate.
    Dis passie wat hom dryf.
    It’s passion driving him.

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