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1 lire Verb, transitive

How to pronounce lire

(a) to read a book; (out loud) to read out a speech, statement; (fig) to read, interpret a situation; mériter d'être lu to be worth reading

(b) to read the work of an author; un auteur beaucoup lu par les jeunes an author (who is) popular with young people; (in letter) "nous espérons vous ~ bientôt" "we hope to hear from you soon"; "dans l'attente de vous ~ bientôt" (one person writing) "I hope to hear from you soon", (more than one person) "we hope to hear from you soon"

je lis, tu lis, il/elle lit, nous lisons, vous lisez, ils/elles lisent
je lisais, tu lisais, il/elle lisait, nous lisions, vous lisiez, ils/elles lisaient
je lirai, tu liras, il/elle lira, nous lirons, vous lirez, ils/elles liront
j' ai lu, tu as lu, il/elle a lu, nous avons lu, vous avez lu, ils/elles ont lu
Present subjunctive
je lise, tu lises, il/elle lise, nous lisions, vous lisiez, ils/elles lisent

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2 lire Verb, intransitive

How to pronounce lire

(a) to read; est-ce qu'il sait ~? can he read?; ~ sur les lèvres to lip-read

(b) ~ dans qch to see into sth; ~ dans le coeur de qn to see into sb's heart; ~ dans une boule de cristal to read a crystal ball; ~ dans le jeu de qn to see sb's little game, see what sb is up to; ~ en qn comme dans un livre to read sb like a book

3 lire Noun, feminine   Pronounce

(a) lira

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