See also: bättre

French

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Etymology

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Inherited from Middle French battre, from Old French batre, from Latin battere, from earlier battuere.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /batʁ/
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Verb

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battre

  1. to beat; to defeat
  2. to beat up
  3. (takes a reflexive pronoun) to fight
    • 2018, Zaz, Saint-Valentin:
      J’irai dans un bar ce soir. [] Je me battrai pour une place au comptoir.
      I'm going to a bar tonight. [] I will fight for a seat at the counter.
  4. (cooking) to whisk or whip (eggs)
  5. (agriculture) to thresh
  6. (card games) to shuffle

Conjugation

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This verb is conjugated like vendre, perdre, etc. (sometimes called the regular -re verbs), except that instead of *batt and *batts, it has the forms bat and bats. This is strictly a spelling change; pronunciation-wise, the verb is conjugated exactly like vendre.

Derived terms

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Further reading

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Middle French

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Etymology

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From Old French batre.

Verb

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battre

  1. (reflexive, se battre) to fight; to engage in combat
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Descendants

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  • French: battre

Norman

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Etymology

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From Old French batre, from Latin battere, from earlier battuere.

Verb

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battre (gerund batt'tie)

  1. (Jersey) to beat
  2. (Jersey, reflexive, s'battre) to fight

Derived terms

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