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EnglishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

faire

  1. Obsolete spelling of fair

NounEdit

faire (plural faires)

  1. Obsolete spelling of fair

Usage notesEdit

Sometimes used deliberately to convey an archaic feeling, e.g. "Renaissance faire"

AnagramsEdit


FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French faire, from Old French faire, feire, fere, from Latin facere, present active infinitive of faciō, from Proto-Italic *fakiō, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁- (to put, place, set).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /fɛʁ/
  • (file)

VerbEdit

faire

  1. (transitive) to do
    Qu'est-ce que tu fais ?What are you doing?
    Faire la vaisselle.To do the washing-up.
  2. (transitive) to make
    Faire une erreur.To make a mistake.
  3. (transitive) to say (of a person), to go (of an animal)
    "Je t'aime," fit-il."I love you," he said.
    Le chat fait "miaou".The cat goes "meow".
  4. (transitive) to make (cause someone or something to do something)
    Tu me fais rire.You make me laugh.
    La chanson me fait pleurer.The song makes me cry.
  5. (impersonal) To be (of the weather or various situations).
    Il fait chaud/froid/noir/beau dehors.
    It is hot/cold/dark/nice outside.
    Ça fait dix ans que nous nous connaissons.
    We have known each other for ten years.
  6. (reflexive) to do, to make (oneself)
    Elle se fait les ongles.She is doing her nails.
  7. (reflexive, followed by an infinitive) to be, to get (used for a passive action)
    Se faire piquer.To be stung.
    Je me suis fait avoir.I got screwed.
  8. (reflexive) to ripen (of fruit), to mature (, etc.)
  9. (reflexive, ~ à) to become used to, to get used to
  10. (slang, reflexive, transitive) to do (to have sex with)
  11. (reflexive) to become, to get

Usage notesEdit

  • When it is followed by an infinitive, the past participle fait is invariable.
    Elle s'est fait comprendre, not *elle s'est faite comprendre.

ConjugationEdit

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Further readingEdit

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GermanEdit

IrishEdit

NounEdit

faire f (genitive singular faire)

  1. verbal noun of fair

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

VerbEdit

faire

  1. present subjunctive analytic of fair

MutationEdit

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
faire fhaire bhfaire
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further readingEdit


Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

AdjectiveEdit

faire

  1. fair; handsome; beautiful; attractive

DescendantsEdit


Middle FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French faire, feire, fere, from Latin facere, present active infinitive of faciō.

VerbEdit

faire

  1. to do
  2. to make
  3. to choose; to elect
    • 15th century, Rustichello da Pisa (original author), Mazarine Master (scribe), The Travels of Marco Polo, page 7, lines 8-9:
      entre tant que on fera un pappe nous pourrons bien aler en Venisse
      while they are electing a Pope, we could well go to Venice

ConjugationEdit

  • Middle French conjugation varies from one text to another. Hence, the following conjugation should be considered as typical, not as exhaustive.

DescendantsEdit


NormanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French faire, from Latin faciō, facere, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁- (to put, place, set).

VerbEdit

faire

  1. (Guernsey) to make, do

Derived termsEdit


NovialEdit

NounEdit

faire c (plural faires)

  1. fire

OccitanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin facere, present active infinitive of faciō.

VerbEdit

faire

  1. to do
  2. to make

ConjugationEdit


Old FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin facere, present active infinitive of faciō.

VerbEdit

faire

  1. to do

ConjugationEdit

This verb conjugates as a third-group verb. This verb has irregularities in its conjugation. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.

DescendantsEdit


Scottish GaelicEdit

NounEdit

faire f (genitive singular faire, plural fairean)

  1. watch (the act or period of watching or guarding)

Derived termsEdit