faire

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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 Latin facere, present active infinitive of faciō, from Proto-Italic *fakiō, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁- ‎(to put, place, set).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

faire

  1. (transitive) to do
    Qu'est-ce que tu fais ?
    What are you doing?
    Faire la vaisselle.
    To do the washing-up.
  2. (transitive) to make
    Faire une erreur.
    To make a mistake.
  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)
    Tu me fais rire.
    You make me laugh.
    La chanson me fait pleurer.
    The song makes me cry.
  5. (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.
  6. (reflexive) to do, to make (oneself)
    Elle se fait les ongles.
    She is doing her nails.
  7. (reflexive, followed by an infinitive) to be (used for a passive action)
    Se faire piquer.
    To be stung.
    Elle s'est fait violer.
    She was raped.
  8. (reflexive) to ripen (of fruit), to mature (, etc.)
  9. (reflexive, ~ à) to become used to (see se faire une raison)
  10. (slang, reflexive, transitive) to do (to have sex with)
  11. (reflexive) to become, to get

Conjugation[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

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

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German[edit]

Adjective[edit]

faire

  1. inflected form of fair

Irish[edit]

Noun[edit]

faire f ‎(genitive singular faire)

  1. verbal noun of fair

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.

Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Adjective[edit]

faire

  1. fair; handsome; beautiful; attractive

Descendants[edit]

  • English: fair (borrowed)

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

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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Novial[edit]

Noun[edit]

faire ‎(plural faires)

  1. fire

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.

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.

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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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