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From Middle English todriven, from Old English tōdrīfan ‎(to drive away, repel), from Proto-Germanic *tōdrībaną ‎(to drive apart), equivalent to to- +‎ drive. Cognate with Old Frisian todrīva, Middle High German zetrīben ‎(to drive asunder).


todrive ‎(third-person singular simple present todrives, present participle todriving, simple past todrove, past participle todriven)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, obsolete) To drive away; drive apart.
    • 1874, William Combe, Doctor Syntax's three tours:
      Send some one," Syntax said, " I Todrive these vermin far away; [...]"
  2. (transitive, intransitive, obsolete) To scatter.
    • 1895, Eiríkr Magnússon, William Morris, The Saga Library:
      Swift was the flight todriven; The Hord lord singed houses.