libérer

See also: liberer

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin līberāre, present active infinitive of līberō (to set free). Doublet of livrer, which was inherited. Unrelated to French délibérer.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /li.be.ʁe/
  • (file)

VerbEdit

libérer

  1. to liberate, to set free, to release from captivity.
  2. to vacate, to move out of (e.g. a house)

ConjugationEdit

This verb is conjugated like céder. It is a regular -er verb, except that its last stem vowel alternates between /e/ (written ‘é’) and /ɛ/ (written ‘è’), with the latter being used before mute ‘e’. One special case is the future stem, used in the future and the conditional. Before 1990, the future stem of such verbs was written libérer-, reflecting the historic pronunciation /e/. In 1990, the French Academy recommended that it be written libèrer-, reflecting the now common pronunciation /ɛ/, thereby making this distinction consistent throughout the conjugation (and also matching in this regard the conjugations of verbs like lever and jeter). Both spellings are in use today, and both are therefore given here.

Related termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Romanian: libera

See alsoEdit

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