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From Old French desfaire, equivalent to dé- +‎ faire; possibly from Medieval Latin, Vulgar Latin disfaciō, disfacere, from Latin dis- + faciō. Compare Catalan desfer, Italian disfare, Portuguese desfazer, Romanian desface, Spanish deshacer.

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défaire

  1. (transitive) to take down, take apart, dismantle
  2. (transitive) to undo, unfasten, unwind
  3. (transitive) to break, break up, unmake
  4. (transitive, literary) to defeat, conquer
  5. (reflexive) to come undone, fall apart, disintegrate
  6. (takes a reflexive pronoun, transitive with de) to part with
    se défaire d'une propriété(please add an English translation of this usage example)

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