asseoir

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Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *assedēre, reformed from Latin assidēre, present active infinitive of assideō, on the basis of sedeō.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

asseoir

  1. (transitive) To sit down; to get seated
    Assois les enfants sur des chaises !
    Sit the children down on chairs!
  2. assert
    asseoir sa domination
    to assert one's domination
  3. (reflexive) To sit down; to be seated

Conjugation[edit]

  • Asseoir (and its derivative rasseoir) has at least 4 distinct conjugations. Two ("-oi-" and "-e-") are global and of variable frequencies depending on register and region, and two ("-eye-" and "-ir") are found only in dialectal, informal or slang-y usage, though they were once more widespread in the general language. The forms in -oi- are more common for figurative meanings, although forms in -oy- are rare in literary usage.
  • The -e- is (a very unusual feature) not normally present in the future, though sometimes it is inserted. This was the reason why it was recommended to write the infinitive without it.
  • The -eye- conjugation affects only the future and conditional, where the verb is conjugated like aimer, as if its infinitive were *asseyer.

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Middle French[edit]

Verb[edit]

asseoir

  1. (sometimes reflexive, s'asseoir) to sit down (take a seat)
  2. to sit (make someone sit down)

Old French[edit]

Verb[edit]

asseoir

  1. (sometimes reflexive, s'asseoir) to sit down (take a seat)
  2. to sit (make someone sit down)

Conjugation[edit]

This verb conjugates as a third-group verb. This verb has a stressed present stem assié distinct from the unstressed stem asse, as well as other irregularities. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.

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