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Middle French[edit]



  1. to control
    • 1595, Michel de Montaigne, Essais:
      Si nous nous amusions par fois à nous considerer, et le temps que nous mettons à contreroller autruy et à connoistre les choses qui sont hors de nous, que nous l'emploissions à nous sonder nous mesmes, nous sentirions aisément combien toute cette nostre contexture est bastie de pieces foibles et defaillantes.
      If we sometimes amused ourselves by considering ourselves, and the time that we use to control that which is around us and know the things that are beyond us, if we used it to examine ourselves, we would easily understand to what point our surroundings are built out of feeble, defective bits.


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