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EtymologyEdit

niveau +‎ -er, via its Old French root nivel.

VerbEdit

niveler

  1. to level, level out (ground)
  2. to even, even out (put on the same level)

ConjugationEdit

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 nivèle rather than *il nivele. Other verbs conjugated this way include lever and mener. Related but distinct conjugations include those of appeler and préférer.

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