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681 Most Important French Verbs

681 Most Important French Verbs

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681 Most important french verbs with English translation

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  • abaisser

    to lower

  • abasourdir

    to daze, bewilder

  • abattre

    to knock down

  • abolir

    to abolish

  • absoudre

    to absolve

  • abstenir (s')

    to abstain

  • accepter

    to accept

  • acclamer

    to cheer, acclaim

  • accompagner

    to accompany

  • accorder

    to admit

  • accourir

    to hurry

  • accrocher

    to hang (up)

  • accueillir

    to welcome

  • accuser

    to accuse, acknowledge

  • acheter

    to buy

  • achever

    to achieve

  • acquérir

    to acquire

  • adjoindre

    to appoint

  • admettre

    to admit

  • admirer

    to admire

  • adorer

    to adore

  • adresser

    to address

  • advenir

    to happen

  • affaiblir

    to weaken

  • agacer

    to annoy

  • agir

    to act

  • aider

    to help

  • aimer

    to like, to love

  • ajouter

    to add

  • aller

    to go

  • aménager

    to fit

  • amener

    to take

  • amuser

    to amuse

  • animer

    to bring to life (a party)

  • annoncer

    to announce

  • apercevoir

    to see

  • app. par coeur

    to memorize

  • apparaître

    to appear

  • appartenir

    to belong

  • appeler

    to call

  • apporter

    to bring

  • apprendre

    to learn

  • approcher

    to approach

  • approuver

    to approve (of)

  • armer

    to arm

  • arracher

    to pull up/out

  • arraisonner

    to hail

  • arranger

    to arrange

  • arrêter

    to stop, arrest

  • arriver

    to arrive

  • assaillir

    to assail

  • asseoir

    to sit down

  • assister

    to attend

  • assurer

    to assure

  • astreindre

    to compel

  • attaquer

    to attack

  • atteindre

    to attain

  • attendre

    to wait for

  • attirer

    to attract

  • attraper

    to catch

  • augmenter

    to increase

  • avancer

    to advance

  • aventurer

    to venture

  • avoir

    to have

  • avoir besoin

    to need

  • avoir raison

    to be right

  • baisser

    to lower

  • balancer

    to sway

  • balayer

    to sweep

  • bâtir

    to build

  • battre

    to beat

  • bavarder

    to chat

  • bêler

    to whine (like a sheep)

  • bénir

    to bless

  • blaguer

    to joke

  • blâmer

    to blame

  • blanchir

    to bleach

  • blesser

    to hurt, offend

  • boire

    to drink

  • bouger

    to move

  • bouillir

    to boil

  • briser

    to break

  • brosser

    to brush

  • broyer

    to grind

  • brûler

    to burn

  • cacher

    to hide

  • casser

    to break

  • causer

    to chat, cause

  • céder

    to give up

  • ceindre

    to put on

  • célébrer

    to celebrate

  • cesser

    to cease

  • changer

    to change

  • chanter

    to sing

  • charger

    to load

  • chasser

    to hunt, chase

  • cheminer

    to walk on

  • chercher

    to look for

  • chérir

    to cherish

  • choisir

    to choose

  • chuchoter

    to whisper

  • circoncire

    to circumcise

  • circonscrire

    to contain

  • circonvenir

    to circumvent

  • clore

    to close

  • coller

    to stick

  • combattre

    to combat

  • commander

    to order

  • commencer

    to begin, to start

  • commettre

    to commit

  • comparaître

    to appear

  • comparer

    to compare

  • compléter

    to complete

  • comprendre

    to understand

  • compter

    to count, intend

  • concevoir

    to conceive

  • conclure

    to conclude

  • concourir

    to compete

  • conduire

    to drive

  • confire

    to preserve

  • confondre

    to confuse

  • conjoindre

    to unite

  • connaître

    to know

  • conquérir

    to conquer

  • conseiller

    to recommend

  • consentir

    to consent

  • considérer

    to consider

  • consommer

    to consume

  • construire

    to construct

  • contenir

    to contain, to fit

  • conter

    to recount

  • continuer

    to continue

  • contraindre

    to compel

  • contredire

    to contradict

  • contrevenir

    to contravene

  • contrôler

    to control

  • convaincre

    to convince

  • convenir

    to convene

  • correspondre

    to correspond

  • corriger

    to correct

  • corrompre

    to corrupt

  • coucher

    to put to bed

  • coudre

    to sew

  • couper

    to cut

  • courir

    to run

  • coûter

    to cost

  • couvrir

    to cover

  • craindre

    to fear

  • créer

    to create

  • crier

    to shout

  • croire

    to believe

  • cueillir

    to gather

  • cuire

    to cook

  • culpabiliser

    to make one feel guilty

  • danser

    to dance

  • débattre

    to debate

  • décevoir

    to disappoint

  • déchirer

    to rip

  • décider

    to decide

  • déclore

    to reopen

  • déconfire

    to be beaten

  • découdre

    to unpick

  • décourager

    to discourage

  • découvrir

    to discover

  • décrire

    to describe

  • dédire (se)

    to retract

  • déduire

    to deduce

  • défaillir

    to faint

  • défaire

    to undo

  • défendre

    to defend

  • défricher

    to lay groundwork

  • dégager

    to free

  • déjeuner

    to have lunch

  • demander

    to ask for

  • déménager

    to move

  • demeurer

    to live, stay

  • démolir

    to demolish

  • dénoncer

    to denounce

  • départir

    to accord

  • dépasser

    to exceed

  • dépêcher

    to hurry

  • dépeindre

    to depict

  • dépendre

    to depend

  • dépenser

    to spend

  • déplaire

    to displease

  • déranger

    to disturb

  • descendre

    to descend

  • désirer

    to desire, to wish

  • désobéir

    to disobey

  • dessiner

    to draw

  • déteindre

    to bleach

  • détenir

    to hold

  • détester

    to hate

  • détourner

    to divert

  • détruire

    to destroy

  • développer

    to develop

  • devenir

    to become

  • dévêtir

    to undress

  • deviner

    to guess

  • devoir

    to have to

  • différer

    to differ

  • diminuer

    to diminish

  • dîner

    to have dinner

  • dire

    to say

  • diriger

    to direct

  • discourir

    to discourse

  • discuter

    to discuss

  • disjoindre

    to disconnect

  • disparaître

    to disappear

  • dissoudre

    to dissolve

  • divorcer

    to divorce

  • donner

    to give

  • dormir

    to sleep

  • doubler

    to pass

  • douter

    to doubt

  • échapper

    to escape

  • échouer

    to fail

  • éclore

    to hatch

  • éconduire

    to dismiss

  • écouter

    to listen

  • écraser

    to crush

  • écrire

    to write

  • effacer

    to erase

  • effrayer

    to frighten

  • égayer

    to entertain

  • élever

    to raise

  • élire

    to elect

  • éloigner

    to move away

  • embrasser

    to kiss, embrace

  • emmener

    to take

  • émoudre

    to sharpen

  • emparer

    to impare

  • empêcher

    to prevent

  • employer

    to employ, use

  • empreindre

    to imprint

  • emprunter

    to borrow

  • enclore

    to enclose

  • encourager

    to encourage

  • encourir

    to incur

  • endormir

    to fall asleep

  • enduire

    to coat

  • enfreindre

    to infringe

  • enfuir (s')

    to run away

  • engager

    to bind

  • enjoindre

    to enjoin

  • enlever

    to remove

  • ennuyer

    to bore, annoy

  • énoncer

    to state

  • enquérir (s')

    to inquire

  • enregistrer

    to record

  • enseigner

    to teach

  • ensuivre (s')

    to ensue

  • entendre

    to hear

  • enterrer

    to bury

  • entraîner

    to involve, to pull

  • entreprendre

    to undertake

  • entrer

    to enter

  • entretenir

    to look after

  • entrouvrir

    to half-open

  • envoler

    to take flight

  • envoyer

    to send

  • épeler

    to spell

  • épouser

    to marry

  • épreindre

    to juice

  • éprouver

    to test; to feel

  • équivaloir

    to equal

  • espérer

    to hope

  • essayer

    to try

  • essuyer

    to wipe

  • estimer

    to estimate

  • établir

    to establish

  • éteindre

    to extinguish, turn off

  • étendre

    to stretch

  • étonner

    to astonish

  • étourdir

    to stun, daze

  • être

    to be

  • étreindre

    to embrace

  • étudier

    to study

  • évaluer

    to evaluate

  • éviter

    to avoid

  • exagérer

    to exaggerate

  • exclure

    to exclude

  • excuser

    to excuse

  • exiger

    to demand

  • exister

    to exist

  • expliquer

    to explain

  • explorer

    to explore

  • exprimer

    to express

  • fâcher

    to get angry

  • faiblir

    to weaken

  • faillir

    to lack

  • faire

    to make, do

  • falloir

    to be necessary

  • feindre

    to feign

  • féliciter

    to congratulate

  • fendre

    to split, crack

  • fermer

    to close

  • feuilleter

    to leaf through

  • fier

    to depend on

  • finir

    to finish

  • fixer

    to fix

  • fonder

    to found

  • fondre

    to melt

  • forcer

    to force

  • forclore

    to debar

  • fouiller

    to dig deeply

  • fournir

    to furnish, provide

  • frapper

    to knock

  • frémir

    to shudder

  • frire

    to fry

  • fuir

    to flee

  • fumer

    to smoke

  • gagner

    to win, earn, gain

  • garder

    to keep

  • gaspiller

    to waste

  • gâter

    to spoil

  • geindre

    to groan

  • geler

    to freeze

  • gêner

    to bother

  • gérer

    to manage

  • goûter

    to taste

  • grandir

    to grow

  • gratter

    to scratch, grate

  • grêler

    to hail

  • grimper

    to climb

  • gronder

    to scold

  • guérir

    to cure

  • habiller

    to dress

  • habiter

    to live

  • haïr

    to hate

  • hésiter

    to hesitate

  • hoqueter

    to hiccup

  • ignorer

    to be unaware of, ignore

  • imposer

    to impose

  • inclure

    to include

  • indiquer

    to indicate

  • induire

    to mislead

  • informer

    to inform

  • inquiéter

    to worry

  • inscrire

    to write down

  • insister

    to insist

  • instruire

    to instruct

  • interdire

    to forbid

  • intéresser

    to interest

  • interroger

    to interrogate

  • interroger

    to question

  • interrompre

    to interrupt

  • intervenir

    to intervene

  • introduire

    to introduce

  • inventer

    to invent

  • inviter

    to invite

  • jaillir

    to spurt out

  • jaser

    to chatter

  • jaunir

    to turn yellow

  • jeter

    to throw

  • joindre

    to join

  • jouer

    to play

  • jouir

    to enjoy

  • juger

    to judge

  • jurer

    to swear, vow

  • kidnapper

    to kidnap

  • klaxonner

    to honk

  • lâcher

    to loosen

  • laisser

    to leave

  • lancer

    to throw

  • laver

    to wash

  • lever

    to lift, stand

  • lire

    to read

  • loger

    to lodge

  • louer

    to rent

  • luire

    to shine

  • maigrir

    to lose weight

  • maintenir

    to maintain

  • manger

    to eat

  • manquer

    to miss

  • marcher

    to walk, to function

  • maudire

    to curse

  • méconnaître

    to be unaware of

  • médire

    to malign

  • méfier

    to mistrust

  • mélanger

    to mix

  • menacer

    to threaten

  • mener

    to lead

  • mentir

    to lie

  • méprendre

    to mistake

  • mépriser

    to scorn

  • mériter

    to merit

  • mesurer

    to measure

  • mettre

    to put

  • modérer

    to moderate

  • monter

    to climb

  • montrer

    to show

  • moquer

    to mock

  • mordre

    to bite

  • moudre

    to mill, grind

  • mouiller

    to wet

  • mourir

    to die

  • nager

    to swim

  • naître

    to be born

  • naviguer

    to navigate

  • négliger

    to neglect

  • négocier

    to negotiate

  • neiger

    to snow

  • nettoyer

    to clean

  • neutraliser

    to neutralize

  • nier

    to deny

  • noircir

    to blacken

  • nommer

    to name

  • noter

    to write down

  • nouer

    to tie, knot

  • nourrir

    to feed

  • noyer

    to drown

  • nuire

    to harm

  • obéir

    to obey

  • obliger

    to oblige

  • obtenir

    to obtain, to get

  • occlure

    to occlude

  • occuper

    to occupy

  • offrir

    to offer

  • oindre

    to anoint

  • omettre

    to omit

  • oser

    to dare

  • oublier

    to forget

  • ouvrir

    to open

  • paraître

    to seem

  • parcourir

    to cover, travel

  • pardonner

    to forgive

  • parler

    to talk

  • partager

    to share

  • participer

    to participate

  • partir

    to leave

  • parvenir

    to reach

  • passer

    to pass, spend time

  • patiner

    to skate

  • payer

    to pay

  • pécher

    to sin

  • pêcher

    to fish

  • peigner

    to comb

  • peindre

    to paint

  • peler

    to peel

  • pendre

    to hang

  • pénétrer

    to enter

  • penser

    to think

  • percevoir

    to perceive

  • perdre

    to lose

  • périr

    to perish

  • permettre

    to permit, to allow

  • persuader

    to persuade

  • peser

    to weigh

  • pianoter

    to tap (like a piano)

  • placer

    to put

  • plaindre

    to pity

  • plaire

    to please

  • plaisanter

    to joke

  • planter

    to plant, to crash (pc)

  • pleurer

    to cry

  • pleuvoir

    to rain

  • plier

    to fold, bend

  • plonger

    to dive

  • poindre

    to dawn

  • pondre

    to lay (an egg)

  • porter

    to wear, carry

  • poser

    to put

  • posséder

    to possess

  • poursuivre

    to pursue

  • pousser

    to push

  • pouvoir

    to be able

  • prédire

    to predict

  • préférer

    to prefer

  • prendre

    to take

  • préparer (parer)

    to prepare

  • prescrire

    to subscribe

  • présenter

    to introduce

  • pressentir

    to have a premonition

  • presser

    to squeeze

  • prétendre

    to claim

  • prêter

    to loan

  • prévaloir (se)

    to pride oneself on

  • prévenir

    to prevent

  • prévoir

    to foresee

  • prier

    to pray

  • produire

    to produce

  • projeter

    to project

  • promener

    to walk

  • promettre

    to promise

  • prononcer

    to pronounce

  • proposer

    to propose, suggest

  • proscrire

    to prohibit

  • protéger

    to protect

  • prouver

    to prove

  • provenir

    to come from, be due to

  • puer

    to stink

  • punir

    to punish

  • quérir

    to summon

  • quitter

    to leave

  • raconter

    to tell, recount

  • ralentir

    to slow down

  • ranger

    to arrange

  • rappeler

    to recall

  • rassurer

    to reassure

  • rater

    to miss

  • ravir

    to delight

  • recevoir

    to receive

  • reconduire

    to renew

  • reconnaître

    to recognize

  • reconstruire

    to rebuild

  • recoudre

    to sew back on

  • recourir

    to run again

  • recouvrir

    to recover

  • récrire

    to rewrite

  • recueillir

    to collect, gather

  • rédiger

    to write

  • redire

    to repeat

  • réduire

    to reduce

  • réélire

    to re-elect

  • refaire

    to redo

  • réfléchir

    to think

  • refléter

    to reflect

  • refuser

    to refuse

  • regarder

    to look at

  • regretter

    to regret

  • rejeter

    to reject

  • rejoindre

    to rejoin

  • relire

    to reread

  • remarquer

    to notice

  • remercier

    to thank

  • remettre

    to put back (on)

  • remoudre

    to regrind

  • remplacer

    to replace

  • remplir

    to fill

  • rencontrer

    to meet

  • rendre

    to give back

  • renoncer

    to renounce

  • renouveler

    to renew

  • rentrer

    to return home

  • renvoyer

    to dismiss

  • répandre

    to spread, spill

  • reparaître

    to reappear

  • réparer

    to repair

  • repasser

    to iron, to pass again

  • repeindre

    to repaint

  • repentir (se)

    to repent

  • repérer

    to locate

  • répéter

    to repeat

  • répondre

    to answer

  • reposer

    to rest

  • reprendre

    to take again, to recover

  • réprimander

    to reprimand

  • reproduire

    to reproduce

  • résoudre

    to resolve

  • ressembler

    to resemble

  • ressentir

    to feel

  • rester

    to remain

  • restreindre

    to restrict

  • reteindre

    to dye again

  • retenir

    to retain

  • retourner

    to return

  • réussir

    to succeed

  • réveiller

    to wake up

  • révéler

    to reveal

  • revendiquer

    to take responsibility

  • revenir

    to come back

  • rêver

    to dream

  • revêtir

    to put on

  • revoir

    to see again

  • riposter

    to counteract

  • rire

    to laugh

  • rompre

    to break

  • rougir

    to redden, blush

  • rouler

    to roll, to drive (a car)

  • rouvrir

    to reopen

  • saillir

    to protrude

  • saisir

    to seize

  • salir

    to soil

  • satisfaire

    to satisfy

  • sauter

    to jump

  • sauver

    to save, rescue

  • savoir

    to know

  • secouer

    to shake

  • secourir

    to help

  • séduire

    to seduce

  • séjourner

    to sojourn

  • sembler

    to seem

  • sentir

    to feel, smell

  • séparer

    to separate

  • serrer

    to grasp, squeeze

  • servir

    to serve

  • siffler

    to whistle

  • signaler

    to signal

  • signer

    to sign

  • signifier

    to mean

  • skier

    to ski

  • songer

    to dream

  • sonner

    to ring

  • sortir

    to go out

  • souffler

    to blow, pant

  • souffrir

    to suffer

  • souhaiter

    to wish

  • souiller

    to soil

  • soumettre

    to submit

  • sourire

    to smile

  • souscrire

    to subscribe

  • soutenir

    to support

  • souvenir (se)

    to remember

  • subir

    to undergo

  • subvenir

    to provide for

  • succomber

    to succumb

  • sucer

    to suck

  • suffire

    to suffice

  • suggérer

    to suggest

  • suivre

    to follow

  • supplier

    to beg

  • supporter

    to support, endure

  • supposer

    to suppose

  • surprendre

    to surprise

  • survenir

    to occur

  • survivre

    to survive

  • survoler

    to fly over

  • susciter

    to cause

  • tapoter

    to tap

  • teindre

    to dye

  • téléphoner

    to call

  • tendre

    to strain, strive

  • tenir

    to hold

  • tenter

    to try, to tempt

  • terminer

    to end

  • tirer

    to pull

  • tomber

    to fall

  • tondre

    to shear, mow

  • tonner

    to thunder

  • toquer

    to knock

  • tordre

    to twist

  • toucher

    to affect

  • tourner

    to turn

  • tousser

    to cough

  • tracer

    to draw

  • traduire

    to translate

  • trahir

    to betray

  • traiter

    to treat, to negotiate

  • transcrire

    to transcribe

  • transmettre

    to transmit

  • transparaître

    to show through

  • travailler

    to work

  • traverser

    to cross

  • tressaillir

    to shudder

  • tricher

    to trick, cheat

  • tromper

    to deceive, mislead

  • trouver

    to find

  • tuer

    to kill

  • tutoyer

    to use "tu"

  • unifier

    to unify

  • unir

    to unite

  • user

    to wear out

  • utiliser

    to use

  • vaincre

    to defeat

  • valoir

    to be worth

  • vanter

    to praise

  • varier

    to vary

  • veiller

    to stay up

  • vendre

    to sell

  • venger

    to avenge

  • venir

    to come

  • verdir

    to turn green

  • vérifier

    to verify

  • verser

    to pour

  • vêtir

    to clothe

  • vieillir

    to age

  • viser

    to aim

  • visiter

    to visit

  • vivre

    to live

  • voiler

    to veil

  • voir

    to see

  • voler

    to steal, fly

  • voter

    to vote

  • vouloir

    to want

  • vouvoyer

    to use "vous"

  • voyager

    to travel

  • warranter

    to guarantee with a warrant

  • zébrer

    to stripe

  • zézayer

    to lisp

  • zoner

    to zone