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  1. (transitive) to decide between, to select from
  2. (transitive) To cast the deciding vote
  3. (transitive) to whittle down
  4. (reflexive, sports) to find a winner
    Les deux équipes n'ont pas pu se départager. Score final : 28 à 28.
    The two teams came to a stalemate. Final score: 28-28


  • This is a regular -er verb, but the stem is written départage- before endings that begin with -a- or -o- (to indicate that the -g- is a “soft” /ʒ/ and not a “hard” /ɡ/). This spelling-change occurs in all verbs in -ger, such as neiger and manger.

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