French edit

Etymology edit

Inherited from Old French voloir, voleir, from Vulgar Latin volēre, regularized from Latin velle.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /vu.lwaʁ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -waʁ

Verb edit


  1. (transitive) to want, wish, desire
    Je veux voir le soleil.
    I want to see the sun.
    Hitler voulait la guerre, mais beaucoup n’en étaient pas conscients.
    Hitler wanted war, but many were not aware of it.
  2. (reflexive) to see oneself as; to give the impression of, to seem

Usage notes edit

  • vouloir que takes the subjunctive.
  • The second-person singular and plural imperatives have alternative forms: veuille and veuillez, which have slight differences in usage. See individual articles for details.

Conjugation edit

Derived terms edit

Descendants edit

  • Saint Dominican Creole French: vlé
    • Haitian Creole: vle

Noun edit

vouloir m (plural vouloirs)

  1. will

Derived terms edit

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