désemplir

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From dés- +‎ emplir.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

désemplir

  1. (transitive, rare) to (partially) empty (something that is full up)
  2. (intransitive) to be nearly full (only used in negative constructions)
    • 1829, Victor Hugo, Le Dernier Jour d'un Condamné, XII:
      Ils se sont succédé à de court intervalles; il paraît que ce cachot ne désemplit pas.
      They succeeded one another at short intervals; it seems that this cell is always busy.

Conjugation[edit]

  • This is a regular verb of the second conjugation, like finir, choisir, and most other verbs with infinitives ending in -ir. One salient feature of this conjugation is the repeated appearance of the infix -iss-.

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