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From Proto-Indo-European *terg-, extended from *terh₁- (to rub) (whence terō).



tergeō (present infinitive tergēre, perfect active tersī, supine tersum); second conjugation

  1. I rub, wipe, wipe off, clean, cleanse
  2. I polish, burnish


  • In surviving Classical sources, the passive voice is limited to the third-person forms.
   Conjugation of tergeo (second conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present tergeō tergēs terget tergēmus tergētis tergent
imperfect tergēbam tergēbās tergēbat tergēbāmus tergēbātis tergēbant
future tergēbō tergēbis tergēbit tergēbimus tergēbitis tergēbunt
perfect tersī tersistī tersit tersimus tersistis tersērunt, tersēre
pluperfect terseram terserās terserat terserāmus terserātis terserant
future perfect terserō terseris terserit terserimus terseritis terserint
passive present tergeor tergēris, tergēre tergētur tergēmur tergēminī tergentur
imperfect tergēbar tergēbāris, tergēbāre tergēbātur tergēbāmur tergēbāminī tergēbantur
future tergēbor tergēberis, tergēbere tergēbitur tergēbimur tergēbiminī tergēbuntur
perfect tersus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect tersus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect tersus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present tergeam tergeās tergeat tergeāmus tergeātis tergeant
imperfect tergērem tergērēs tergēret tergērēmus tergērētis tergērent
perfect terserim terserīs terserit terserimus terseritis terserint
pluperfect tersissem tersissēs tersisset tersissēmus tersissētis tersissent
passive present tergear tergeāris, tergeāre tergeātur tergeāmur tergeāminī tergeantur
imperfect tergērer tergērēris, tergērēre tergērētur tergērēmur tergērēminī tergērentur
perfect tersus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect tersus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present tergē tergēte
future tergētō tergētō tergētōte tergentō
passive present tergēre tergēminī
future tergētor tergētor tergentor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives tergēre tersisse tersūrus esse tergērī tersus esse tersum īrī
participles tergēns tersūrus tersus tergendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
tergēre tergendī tergendō tergendum tersum tersū

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