vouloir

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French voloir, voleir, from Vulgar Latin *volēre, present active infinitive of *voleō, from Classical Latin volō, velle, from Proto-Italic *welō, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *welh₁-.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /vu.lwaʁ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -waʁ

Verb[edit]

vouloir

  1. (transitive) to want, wish, desire
    Je veux voir le soleil.
    I want to see the sun.
    Hitler voulait la guerre, mais beaucoup n'en étaient pas conscients.
    Hitler wanted war, but many were not aware of it.
  2. (reflexive) to see oneself as; to give the impression of, to seem

Usage notes[edit]

  • The second-person singular and plural imperatives have alternate forms: veuille and veuillez, which have slight differences in usage. See individual articles for details.

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Noun[edit]

vouloir m (plural vouloirs)

  1. will

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