DRÍFAN
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Verb
Verb Class: Strong
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DRÍFAN
drýfan, ic drífe, ðú drífest, drífst, he drífeþ, drífþ, dríft, pl. drífaþ; p. ic, he dráf, ðú drife, pl. drifon, dreofon; pp. drifen. I. v. trans. ToDRIVE, force, pursue; pellĕre, mināre, impellĕre, persĕqui Se geréfa hie wolde drífan to ðæs cyninges túne the reeve would drive them to the king's vill, Chr. 787; Erl. 56, 13. Se Hǽlend ongan drífan of ðam temple syllende and bicgende Iesus cœpit ejicĕre vendentes et ementes in templo, Mk. Bos. 11, 15. Sum mæg ofer sealtne sǽ sundwudu drífan one can drive a vessel over the salt sea, Exon. 17 b; Th. 42, 24; Cri. 677. For hwan ðú us, God, woldest fram ðé drífan ut quid repulisti nos, Deus? Ps. Th. 73, 1. Ic drífe sceáp míne to heora lease mino oves meas ad pascua, Coll. Monast. Th. 20, 11. Ic ða of Drihtnes drífe ceastre I will drive them from the, Lord's city, Ps. Th. l00, 8. Ða wéregan neát, ðe man daga gehwam drífeþ and þirsceþ, ongitaþ hira góddénd the brute animals, which man drives and beats every day, understand their benefactors, Elen, Kmbl. 716; El. 358. Flinte ic eom heardra, ðe ðis fýr drífeþ of ðissum strongan stýle I am harder than flint, which this fire drives from this strong steel, Exon. 111 b; Th. 426, 24; Rä. 41, 78, Hwílum ðæt drige dríft ðone wǽtan sometimes the dry drives away the wet, Bt. Met. Fox 29, 98; Met. 29, 48. Us drífaþ ða ællreordan to sǽ the barbarians drive us to sea, Bd. 1, 13; S. 481, 44: Beo. Th. 5609; B. 2808. Óðerne he dráf mid sticele, óðrum he wiðteáh mid bridle the one he drove with a goad, the other he restrained with a bridle, Past. 40, 3; Hat. MS. 54 b, 12. Abraham dráf dreorig-mód tú of earde Abraham drove the two sad of mind from his dwelling, Cd. 134; Th. 169, 23; Gen. 2804. Ne eart ðú se sylfa God, ðe us swá drife nonne tu, Deus, qui repŭlisti nos? Ps. Th. 59, 9. Hí drifon scipu into Medwæge they drove the ships into the Medway, Chr. 1016; Erl. 157, 16. Híg hyne drifon út ejēcērunt eum foras, Jn. Bos. 9, 35. Ðá híg eów drifon cum vos persequerentur, Deut. 11, 4. Hí dreofon hine onweg they drove him away, Bd. 2, 5; S. 507, 27. Ge fleóþ, ðeáh eów man ne drífe fugiētis, nemĭne persĕquente, Lev. 26, 17. Ðæt he on wræc drife his selfes sunu that he should drive into exile his own son, Cd. 134; Th. 168, 32; Gen. 2791. Drífan drýcræft to exercise magic, Bt. Met. Fox 26, 107; Met. 26, 54. Ceáp drífan to drive or transact a bargain, R. Ben. 57. Mangunge drífan to follow a trade, Homl. Th. ii. 94. 34. Spæce or spræce drífan to prosecute a suit, urge a cause, L. O. 2; Th. i. 178, 13: L. Ælf. C. 35; Th. ii. 356, note 2, 4: Th. Diplm. 376, 11. Wóh drífan to practise wrong, L. I. P. 11; Th. ii. 320, 4. II. v. intrans. To drive, rush with violence; ruĕre Ic com mid ðý heáfde and mid handa on ðone stán drífan I came driving on the stone with my head and hands, Bd. 5, 6; S. 619, 23. [Wyc. dryue: Piers P. dryven: Chauc. drife, drive: Laym. driuen, driue: Orm. drifenn: Plat. dríwen, dríben: O. Sax. driƀan agĕre, pellĕre: Frs. drieuwen: O. Frs. driva: Dut. drijven: Ger. treiben: M. H. Ger. tríben: O. H. Ger. tríban: Goth. dreiban: Dan. drive: Swed. drifva: Icel. drífa.] DER. a-drifan, be-, for-, ge-, in-, of-, ofa-, ofer-, þurh-, to-, út-, úta-, wið-.
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