duire

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Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

duire

  1. (transitive) "(ant.) to suit"[1]

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French duire.

Verb[edit]

duire

  1. to drive (to something)
    • 1595, Michel de Montaigne, Essais, book II, chapter 12:
      ceux qui sont duicts à combatre nuds, on les void se ietter aux hazards pareils aux nostres
      Those who are driven to fight naked, we seem them fight against dangers similar to ours
  2. to guide; to assist to do

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin dūcere, present active infinitive of dūcō. Found in modern French only as a suffix, -duire, e.g. conduire.

Verb[edit]

duire

  1. to direct; to guide
  2. to please; to be pleasing to

Conjugation[edit]

This verb conjugates as a third-group verb. This verb ends in a palatal stem, so there is an extra i before the e of some endings. This verb has irregularities in its conjugation. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.

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References[edit]

  • Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (duire)
  • “Appendix E: Irregular Verbs” in E. Einhorn (1974), Old French: A Concise Handbook, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, pages 153–154