Serrer
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Serrer

French

Etymology

From Old French serrer, from Vulgar Latin serr?re ("close, shut"), from Late Latin ser?re, present active infinitive of ser? ("fasten, bolt"), from Latin sera ("bolt, crossbar").

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /s?.?e/, /se.?e/
  • (file)

Verb

serrer

  1. to tighten (a screw, a knot)
    Doucement ! Ça ne sert à rien de trop serrer cette vis. - Gently! It's no use to tighten this screw too much.
    Ton noeud de cravate n'est pas assez serré. - Your tie's knot isn't tightened enough.
  2. to shake (hands)
    J'ai refusé de lui serrer la main. - I refused to shake his/her hand.
  3. to squeeze
    Il lui serra la bras si fort qu'elle en garda une trace pendant trois jours. - He squeezed her arm so hard that she had a mark of it for three days.
  4. (reflexive) to squeeze
    Ils se sont serrés pour lui faire une place. - They squeezed together to make room for him.
  5. (takes a reflexive pronoun) to shake (hands)
    Les jeunes hommes d'affaires se sont serré la main. - The young businessmen shook each other's hands.
  6. (slang) to seduce; to flirt with

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Further reading


Latin

Verb

serrer

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of serr?

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