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From Proto-Italic *haizēō, further origin is uncertain.



haereō (present infinitive haerēre, perfect active haesī, supine haesum); second conjugation

  1. I stick, cling, cleave, adhere.
  2. I keep close (to), attach myself (to), follow; pursue.
  3. I remain fixed, abide, keep at, continue, persist.
  4. I am brought to a standstill, I am suspended
  5. I am stuck in a situation; I am at a loss; I am embarrassed; hesitate.


  • This verb has only limited passive conjugation; only third-person passive forms are attested in surviving sources.
   Conjugation of haereo (second conjugation, active only)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present haereō haerēs haeret haerēmus haerētis haerent
imperfect haerēbam haerēbās haerēbat haerēbāmus haerēbātis haerēbant
future haerēbō haerēbis haerēbit haerēbimus haerēbitis haerēbunt
perfect haesī haesistī haesit haesimus haesistis haesērunt, haesēre
pluperfect haeseram haeserās haeserat haeserāmus haeserātis haeserant
future perfect haeserō haeseris haeserit haeserimus haeseritis haeserint
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present haeream haereās haereat haereāmus haereātis haereant
imperfect haerērem haerērēs haerēret haerērēmus haerērētis haerērent
perfect haeserim haeserīs haeserit haeserīmus haeserītis haeserint
pluperfect haesissem haesissēs haesisset haesissēmus haesissētis haesissent
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present haerē haerēte
future haerētō haerētō haerētōte haerentō
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives haerēre haesisse haesūrus esse
participles haerēns haesūrus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
haerēre haerendī haerendō haerendum haesum haesū

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  • haereo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • haereo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • haereo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to sit a horse well; to have a good seat: (in) equo haerere
    • nothing will ever make me forgetful of him: semper memoria eius in (omnium) mentibus haerebit
    • a thing is deeply impressed on the mind: aliquid in animo haeret, penitus insedit or infixum est
    • to stop short, hesitate: haerere, haesitare (Catil. 2. 6. 13)
    • grief has struck deep into his soul: dolor infixus animo haeret (Phil. 2. 26)
  • De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 278