mettre

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French, from Old French metre, from Latin mittere, present active infinitive of mittō.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

mettre

  1. (transitive) to put; to place
    • 1993, Aline Tauzin, Contes arabes de Mauritanie, ISBN 2865374599, page 133:
      il a pris un chiffon grisâtre et l'a mis sur la plaie
      He took a grayish cloth and placed it over the wound.
  2. (transitive, of clothing) to put on
    • 2005, Marc Le Goupils, Revue de Paris, page 350:
      Elle n'avait pas mis son écharpe sur ses cheveux blonds
      She hadn't per her scarf over her blond hair.
  3. (transitive) to set (to lay a table)
    • 1846, Jean Mallat de Bassilan, Les Philippines: histoire, géographie, moeurs, agriculture, industrie et commerce des colonies espagnoles dans l'Océanie, page 196:
      Il est déjà temps de manger / Mettez la table et la nappe
      It's already time to eat / Lay the table, put the cloth on.
  4. (pronominal) to start (+ à) (something / doing something)
    • 1829, Victor Hugo, Le Dernier Jour d'un Condamné, XXXIII:
      J'ouvris au hasard, je me rapprochai d'elle, elle appuya son épaule à mon épaule, et nous nous mîmes à lire chacun de notre côté, tout bas, la même page.
      I opened at random, I got close to her, she pressed her shoulder against my shoulder, and we each of us began on our own silently to read the same page.

Conjugation[edit]

  • This verb is conjugated like battre except that its past participle is mis, not *mettu, and its past historic and imperfect subjunctive are formed with mi-, not *metti-.

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Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French metre, from Latin mittō, mittere.

Verb[edit]

mettre

  1. to put

Antonyms[edit]

  • ôter (to remove)

Derived terms[edit]