connaître

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See also: connaitre

French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French conoistre, from Latin cognōscere, present active infinitive of cognōscō (probably through a Vulgar Latin *connōscere).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

connaître

  1. (transitive) to know (of), to be familiar with (a person, place, fact, event)
  2. (transitive) to know, to experience (glory, hunger, problems etc.)
  3. (transitive, archaic) to know (sexually)
  4. (takes a reflexive pronoun) to be knowledgeable (en about)
    C'est toi qui t'y connais! You're the expert!

Conjugation[edit]

This verb is one of a fairly small group of -re verbs, that are all conjugated the same way. They are unlike other verb groups in that the ‘i’ is given a circumflex before a ‘t’.

Usage notes[edit]

  • in the sense of "to know something to be true", the verb savoir is used.

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Norman[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin conoistre, from Latin cognōscere, present active infinitive of cognōscō (probably through a Vulgar Latin *connōscere).

Verb[edit]

connaître

  1. (Jersey) to know

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