chercher

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French chercher, cercher, altered from Old French cerchier through assimilation, from Late Latin circāre, present active infinitive of circō, from Latin circa, circus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʃɛʁ.ʃe/
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

chercher

  1. (transitive) to look for, to seek
    Je cherche du boulot.
    I'm looking for some work.
  2. (intransitive, followed by à) to look (to do something)
    Chercher à expliquer ce phénomène.
    Look to explain this phenomenon.
  3. (transitive, slang) to mess with someone, ask for trouble
    Tu me cherches ou quoi ?
  4. (transitive) to pick up, to go and get
  5. (pronominal reflexive) to get to know oneself
    • 2018, Zaz, Nos vies
      On est l'homme qui se cherche et la femme qui se trouve. Dans le cœur, un amour qui fait qu'on se retrouve.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  6. (pronominal reciprocal) to seek for each other

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Middle French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From an alteration of Old French cerchier, sercher, cercier, cercer through assimilation.

Verb[edit]

chercher

  1. to search for; to look for

Conjugation[edit]

  • Middle French conjugation varies from one text to another. Hence, the following conjugation should be considered as typical, not as exhaustive.

Descendants[edit]

  • French: chercher