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Latin reprendere, contraction of reprehendere, from re- + prehendere.




  1. (transitive) to take back, recover, regain
  2. (transitive) to take again, take more of, have another helping
  3. (transitive) to resume (work), get back to, carry on with
    Après la pause, on va reprendre le travail. — After the break, we're going to get back to work.
  4. (transitive) to retake, recapture
  5. (intransitive) to start again
    reprendre à zéro — start from scratch
  6. (intransitive, of business) to pick up, to show new sign of life
  7. (reflexive) to correct oneself
  8. (reflexive) to pull oneself together


  • This verb is conjugated on the model of prendre. That means it is quite irregular, with the following patterns:
    • In the infinitive, in the singular forms of the present indicative, and in the future and the conditional, it is conjugated like rendre, perdre, etc. (sometimes called the regular -re verbs).
    • In the plural forms of the present indicative and imperative, in the imperfect indicative, in the present subjunctive, and in the present participle, it is conjugated like appeler or jeter, using the stem reprenn- before mute ‘e’ and the stem repren- elsewhere.
    • In the past participle, and in the past historic and the imperfect subjunctive, its conjugation resembles that of mettre.

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  1. to retake (to take back; to take again)