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  • From Middle English driven, from Old English drīfan ("to drive, force, move"), from Proto-West Germanic *drīban, from Proto-Germanic *drībaną ("to drive"), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreybʰ- ("to drive, push"), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer- ("support, hold").
  • Cognate with Scots drive ("to drive"), North Frisian driwe ("to drive"), Saterland Frisian drieuwe ("to drive"), West Frisian driuwe ("to chase, drive, impel"), Dutch drijven ("to drive"), Low German drieven ("to drive, drift, push"), German treiben ("to drive, push, propel"), Norwegian Bokmål drive, Danish drive ("to drive, run, force"), Norwegian Nynorsk driva, Swedish driva ("to drive, power, drift, push, force"), Icelandic drífa ("to drive, hurry, rush").

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