Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search



From Middle Dutch durven. This verb originated from two Middle Dutch verbs:




  1. (transitive) to dare (do), to not be afraid (to do)
    Ik durf dat niet.
    I dare not do that.
  2. (auxiliary, usually with te) to dare (to), to not be afraid to
    Hij durfde de stap naar een autonoom natuurrecht nog niet te zetten, omdat zoiets zou kunnen impliceren dat God niet zou bestaan.
    He dared not take the step towards an autonomous natural law, because by so doing it could be implied that God should not exist.


Inflection of durven (weak)
infinitive durven
past singular durfde
past participle gedurfd
infinitive durven
gerund durven n
verbal noun
present tense past tense
1st person singular durf durfde
2nd person sing. (jij) durft durfde
2nd person sing. (u) durft durfde
2nd person sing. (gij) durft durfde
3rd person singular durft durfde
plural durven durfden
subjunctive sing.1 durve durfde
subjunctive plur.1 durven durfden
imperative sing. durf
imperative plur.1 durft
participles durvend gedurfd
1) Archaic.
  • Note: The singular past tense can also be the irregular dorst.