avoir envie

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, to have desire.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /a.vwa.ʁ‿ɑ̃.vi/
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Verb[edit]

avoir envie

  1. to want; to desire (sexually) [+ de (object)]
    Est-ce que tu as envie de fraises, par hasard ?Would you like some strawberries, by any chance?
    J'ai envie de toi.I want you.
  2. to feel like, to want to [+ de (object)]
    J'ai envie de baiser.I wanna fuck.
    Je n'ai pas envie de danser.I don't feel like dancing.
  3. to feel an urge [+ de (object) = to]
    J'ai envie de vomir.I wanna puke.
    J'ai envie de chier.I gotta take a shit.
  4. (by apocope) to need to use the toilet
    Maman, j'ai envie!Mommy, I have to go!

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