From older herce, from Old French herce, from Germanic. Related to English harrow and Old Norse herfi.




  1. to hassle; to bother; to disrupt


This verb can be conjugated in 2 ways. The first table shows the conjugation before the 1990 spelling reform of the French language, the second shows it after the spelling reforms. Both spellings are today considered correct.

This verb is conjugated mostly like the regular -er verbs (parler and chanter and so on), but the -e- /ə/ of the second-to-last syllable becomes -è- /ɛ/ when the next vowel is a silent or schwa -e-. For example, in the third-person singular present indicative, we have il harcèle rather than *il harcele. Other verbs conjugated this way include lever and mener. Related but distinct conjugations include those of appeler and préférer.

With the exception of appeler, jeter and their derived verbs, all verbs that used to double the consonants can also now be conjugated like amener.

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