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From per- +‎ ferō (bear, carry).



perferō (present infinitive perferre, perfect active pertulī, supine perlātum); third conjugation, irregular

  1. I bear, carry or convey through to a place or to the end; bring home.
  2. I convey news, announce, state.
  3. (figuratively) I bear, support or endure to the end.
  4. (figuratively) I bear, suffer, tolerate, put up with, submit to, endure.
  5. (figuratively) I bring to an end, carry out, complete, finish, accomplish.
  6. (figuratively) I carry out, conduct, maintain, manage.
  7. (Ecclesiastical Latin) I bear the penalty of.


   Conjugation of perferō (third conjugation, irregular, suppletive)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present perferō perfers perfert perferimus perfertis perferunt
imperfect perferēbam perferēbās perferēbat perferēbāmus perferēbātis perferēbant
future perferam perferēs perferet perferēmus perferētis perferent
perfect pertulī pertulistī pertulit pertulimus pertulistis pertulērunt, pertulēre
pluperfect pertuleram pertulerās pertulerat pertulerāmus pertulerātis pertulerant
future perfect pertulerō pertuleris pertulerit pertulerimus pertuleritis pertulerint
passive present perferor perferris, perferre perfertur perferimur perferiminī perferuntur
imperfect perferēbar perferēbāris, perferēbāre perferēbātur perferēbāmur perferēbāminī perferēbantur
future perferar perferēris, perferēre perferētur perferēmur perferēminī perferentur
perfect perlātus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect perlātus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect perlātus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present perferam perferās perferat perferāmus perferātis perferant
imperfect perferrem perferrēs perferret perferrēmus perferrētis perferrent
perfect pertulerim pertulerīs pertulerit pertulerīmus pertulerītis pertulerint
pluperfect pertulissem pertulissēs pertulisset pertulissēmus pertulissētis pertulissent
passive present perferar perferāris, perferāre perferātur perferāmur perferāminī perferantur
imperfect perferrer perferrēris, perferrēre perferrētur perferrēmur perferrēminī perferrentur
perfect perlātus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect perlātus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present perfer perferte
future perfertō perfertō perfertōte perferuntō
passive present perferre perferiminī
future perfertor perfertor perferuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives perferre pertulisse perlātūrum esse perferrī perlātum esse perlātum īrī
participles perferēns perlātūrus perlātus perferendus, perferundus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
perferendī perferendō perferendum perferendō perlātum perlātū

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  • perfero in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • perfero in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • perfero in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to take a letter somewhere: litteras perferre aliquo
    • to carry a law (said of the magistrate): legem perferre (Liv. 33. 46)
    • a law is adopted: lex perfertur
    • to suffer punishment: poenam (alicuius rei) ferre, perferre