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  1. (transitive) to clear, clear away (e.g. a table)
  2. (religion, transitive) to serve (be the pastor of a church)
  3. (transitive, transport) to serve (of a train or bus, to stop at a particular town)
    Ce train dessert les grandes villes de la région.
    This train serves the big towns in the region.


  • This is one of a fairly large group of irregular -ir verbs that are all conjugated the same way. Other members of this group include sortir and dormir. The most significant difference between these verbs' conjugation and that of the regular -ir verbs is that these verbs' conjugation does not use the infix -iss-. Further, this conjugation has the forms (je, tu) dessers and (il) dessert in the present indicative and imperative, whereas a regular -ir verb would have *desservis and *desservit (as in the past historic).

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