Avoir

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French

Etymology

From Middle French, from Old French aveir, from Latin habēre (have, hold, possess).

Pronunciation

Noun

Avoir m. (plural Avoirs)

  1. asset, possession

Verb

Avoir

  1. (transitive) to have (to own)
    J'aimerais avoir 20 dollars - I would like to have 20 dollars
  2. (intransitive) to have to
    Il va avoir à faire les courses. - He will have to do the shopping.
  3. (auxiliary) to have (auxiliary verb to form compound past tenses of most verbs)
    j'ai parlé - I have spoken
  4. To be; to be aged (speaking of age)
    Elle a 19 ans. - She is 19 [years old] (Literally, "She has 19 [years]")
  5. to be, measure (speaking of measurements)
    Le mur semble avoir plus de deux mètres de haut. - The wall seems to be higher than two metres.
  6. to have (trick)
    On t'a eu. Tu t'es fait avoir. - You've been had.

Conjugation

Derived terms

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Old French

Alternative forms

Etymology

Latin habeō (to have).

Verb

Avoir

  1. to have
  2. (auxiliary verb) to have (verb used to form the perfect tense)
  3. to exist (there is/there are)

Noun

Avoir m. (oblique plural Avoirs, nominative singular Avoirs, nominative plural Avoir)

  1. possession; good
    • circa 1170, Chrétien de Troyes , Érec et Énide:
      C'est mes avoirs, c'est mes tresorz.
      It is my possession, it is my treasure.

Conjugation

  • Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.

Descendants

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