balayer

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From balai +‎ -er.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ba.lɛ.je/
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

balayer

  1. to sweep
  2. to sweep aside, brush aside
  3. (of a long skirt) To drag on the floor
  4. (military) to rake (sweep with gunfire)
  5. (politics) to make a clean sweep

Conjugation[edit]

This is a regular -er verb as far as pronunciation is concerned, but as with other verbs in -ayer (such as payer and essayer, the <y> of its stem may optionally be written as <i> when it precedes a silent <e> (compare verbs in -eyer, which never have this spelling change, and verbs in -oyer and -uyer, which always have it; verbs in -ayer belong to both groups, according to the writer's preference).

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