faire

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See also: fairé and fàire

English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

faire

  1. Obsolete spelling of fair

Noun[edit]

faire (plural faires)

  1. Obsolete spelling of fair

Usage notes[edit]

Sometimes used deliberately to convey an archaic feeling, e.g. "Renaissance faire"

Anagrams[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French faire, from Old French faire, feire, fere, from Vulgar Latin *fare, elided form of Latin facere, present active infinitive of faciō, from Proto-Italic *fakiō, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁- (to put, place, set). The past historic and imperfect subjunctive stem fi- (fis, fis, fit, ...) originate from Latin irregular perfect stem fēc- (fēcī), from faciō, with Romance metaphony rules.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

faire

  1. (transitive) to do
    faire la vaisselleto do the washing-up.
    Qu'est-ce que tu fais ?What are you doing?
    Fais pas ça.Don't do that.
  2. (transitive) to make
    faire une erreurto make a mistake.
    faire un voyageto take a trip
  3. (transitive) to say (of a person), to go (of an animal)
    "Je t'aime," fit-il."I love you," he said.
    Le chat fait "miaou".The cat goes "meow".
  4. (transitive) to make (cause someone or something to do something)
    • 2021, Zaz, Tout là-haut
      Si on s'en allait tout là-haut pour mieux s'imprégner des couleurs, saurions-nous faire taire notre égo ?
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
    Tu me fais rire.You make me laugh.
    La chanson me fait pleurer.The song makes me cry.
  5. (transitive) to act like (something)
    Fais pas ton innocent avec moi.
    Don't act like you're so innocent around me./Don't give me that innocent act.
  6. (impersonal) to be (of the weather or various situations)
    Il fait chaud/froid/noir/beau dehors.
    It is hot/cold/dark/nice outside.
    Ça fait dix ans que nous nous connaissons.
    We have known each other for ten years.
    Ça fait bizarre.
    That seems/looks bizarre; that gives a bizarre effect/appearance/result.
    Ça fait très monsieur, ta cravate.
    Your tie makes you look like a real gentleman.
  7. (reflexive) to do, to make (oneself)
    Elle se fait les ongles.She is doing her nails.
  8. (reflexive, followed by an infinitive) to be, to get (used for a passive action)
    se faire piquerto be stung
    Je me suis fait avoir.I got screwed.
    Est-ce que tu t'es fait couper les cheveux ?
    Did you get your hair cut?
  9. (reflexive) to ripen (of fruit), to mature
  10. (reflexive, ~ à) to become used to, to get used to
    Synonyms: s'adapter à, s'habituer à
    • 2002, Jean-Mariee Bessette, Fernand Meyssonnier, Paroles de bourreau : témoignage unique d'un exécuteur des arrets criminêls
      Maintenant je pense que, si certains condamnés ont du courage, c'est parce qu'ils se sont faits à l'idée de mourir.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
    Je ne m'y suis toujours pas fait.I still haven't got used to it.
  11. (slang, reflexive, transitive) to do (to have sex with)
  12. (informal, intransitive) to defecate; (metaphorically) to shit oneself (to be terrified)
    L'enfant a fait dans son pantalon.
    The child soiled his trousers.
    Ils viennent d'entendre les nouvelles et ils font dans leur culotte.
    They've just heard the news and they're shitting themselves.
  13. (reflexive) to become, to get


Usage notes[edit]

  • When it is followed by an infinitive, the past participle fait is invariable.
    Elle s'est fait comprendre, not *elle s'est faite comprendre.

Conjugation[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Pages starting with “faire”.

Pages starting with “se_faire”.

Related terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

faire

  1. inflection of fair:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Irish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

faire f (genitive singular faire, nominative plural fairí)

  1. verbal noun of fair
  2. watch (act of guarding)
  3. wake (period after death)
    Synonym: tórramh

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

faire

  1. present subjunctive analytic of fair

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
faire fhaire bhfaire
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Adjective[edit]

faire

  1. fair; handsome; beautiful; attractive

Descendants[edit]

  • English: fair

Middle French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French faire, feire, fere, from Latin facere, present active infinitive of faciō.

Verb[edit]

faire

  1. to do
  2. to make
  3. to choose; to elect
    • 15th century, Rustichello da Pisa (original author), Mazarine Master (scribe), The Travels of Marco Polo, page 7, lines 8-9:
      entre tant que on fera un pappe nous pourrons bien aler en Venisse
      while they are electing a Pope, we could well go to Venice

Conjugation[edit]

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

Descendants[edit]


Norman[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French faire, from Latin faciō, facere, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁- (to put, place, set).

Verb[edit]

faire

  1. (Guernsey) to make, do

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Occitan[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin facere, present active infinitive of faciō.

Verb[edit]

faire

  1. to do
  2. to make

Conjugation[edit]


Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin facere, present active infinitive of faciō.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

faire

  1. to do

Conjugation[edit]

This verb conjugates as a third-group verb. 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.

Descendants[edit]


Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Noun[edit]

faire f (genitive singular faire, plural fairean)

  1. watch (the act or period of watching or guarding)

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