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From Old French veintre, from Latin vincere, present active infinitive of vincō.




  1. (intransitive) To win.
  2. (transitive) To defeat, vanquish.
    • 1965 November, Carlo François, "Poésie d'André Marissel", in The French Review, American Association of Teachers of French, Volume 39, Number 2, pages 265–274,
      Le jardinier-poète sait parfois qu’il est fécond et que son Arbre est fertile. Ne vainc-t-il pas la mort chaque fois qu’il plante un arbre-poème?
      The gardener-poet knows sometimes that he is fecund and that his Tree is fertile. Does he not defeat death every time he plants a tree-poem?


  • This verb is conjugated like vendre, except that its usual stem vainqu- becomes vainc- when either there is no ending, or the ending starts with -u- or a written consonant. Additionally, when inverted the third person singular in the present adds the infix -t-: vainc-t-il? These are strictly spelling changes; pronunciation-wise, the verb is conjugated exactly like vendre.


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