List of 300 common French Verbs

Learn 300 common and useful verbs in French

Are you looking to learn frequently used verbs to improve and enhance your vocabulary in French?

As you know, when it comes to learning a new language, it can be difficult to remember all the words and phrases when you start.

But with the list below, you are going to be able to memorize the French verbs a lot more easily. And this will help you to create sentences because all sentences have at least one verb.

Verbs are essential to learn because they will allow you to express what you do, what you think, and what you like or dislike.

They are important to create sentences and express yourself orally in your daily life. Once you learn the pronouns and some verbs, you will already be able to express things with small sentences, for example:

Je regarde la télé – I watch TV
Je dors – I sleep
Je cours – I run
Elle lit – She reads
Il mange – He eats
Ils partent – They leave
Vous avez faim ?- Are you hungry?
Nous sommes dehors – We are outside

As you can see, it’s easy to make sentences once you learn some common verbs.

To progress quickly and save time in your learning, it is important to focus on the most frequent and useful verbs in French.

Below, you can find audio files to learn 300 useful and common verbs in French, two videos with the verbs and sentences, and a list in alphabetic order that you can print so you can practice at anytime, anywhere.

List of common French verbs with audio:

French Pronunciation English
abandonner
to give up
abattre
to shoot /to cut down
abîmer
to damage
accélérer
to accelerate
accepter
to accept
accompagner
to go with / to accompany
accoucher
to give birth
accrocher
to attach / to hang (up)
acheter
to buy
agir
to act
aider
to help
aimer
to like/to love
ajouter
to add
aller
to go
allumer
to turn on / to switch on
apercevoir
to see/to spot
apprendre
to learn
arrêter
to stop / to arrest
arriver
to arrive
attendre
to wait
atterrir
to land
attraper
to catch
avaler
to swallow
avoir
to have
bégayer
to stutter
blesser
to injure / to hurt
bloquer
to block
boire
to drink
bondir
to bounce
boucher
to clog
bouder
to sulk
bouillir
to boil
bouquiner
to read
briser
to break
bronzer
to sunbathe
cacher
to hide
cambrioler
to burglarize / to break in
casser
to break
causer
to cause
changer
to change
chanter
to sing
chauffer
to heat
chavirer
to capsize
chercher
to look for
chialer
to cry
chuchoter
to whisper
cicatriser
to heal
coiffer
to do hair /to style hair
coincer
to stick
coller
to glue
combattre
to fight
commander
to order
comparer
to compare
comprendre
to understand
compter
to count
concrétiser
to realize
conduire
to drive
confier
to entrust / to leave
confimer
to confirm
confisquer
to confiscate
conjuguer
to conjugate
connaitre
to know
continuer
to continue
contrôler
to control
couper
to cut
courir
to run
créer
to create
crier
to shout
croire
to believe
cuisiner
to cook
danser
to dance
décevoir
to disappoint
défaire
to unpack
demander
to ask
déménager
to move
démolir
to demolish
démotiver
to demotivate
déprimer
to be depress
descendre
to come down / to go down
désinstaller
to uninstall
désobéir
to disobey
dessiner
to draw
détester
to hate
détruire
to destroy
devenir
to become
dire
to say/to tell
disparaître
to disappear
disqualifier
to disqualify
donner
to give
dormir
to sleep
draguer
to hit on
écarter
to spread
échanger
to exchange / to trade
économiser
to save up 
écouter
to listen to
écrire
to write
emballer
to pack
embrasser
to kiss
encourager
to encourage
ennuyer
to annoy
entendre
to hear
envoyer
to send
éplucher
to peel
essayer
to try
étaler
to spread
éteindre to turn off / to switch off
étendre to hang
être
to be
étudier
to study
exister
to exist
expliquer
to explain
fabriquer
to make / to build
faire
to do
falsifier
to falsify
féliciter
to congratulate
fermer
to close
fêter
to celebrate
finir
to finish
fondre
to melt
frapper
to hit
fumer
to smoke
gagner
to win / to earn
garder
to keep
gâter
to spoil
geler
to freeze
glisser
to slip
goûter
to taste
grimper
to climb
habiller
to dress
harceler
to harass
hospitaliser
to hospitalize
hurler
to scream
hypnotiser
to hypnotize
idolâtrer
to idolize
illuminer
to illuminate
inaugurer
to inaugurate
infecter
to infect
installer
to install
intercepter
to intercept
introduire
to insert
investir
to invest
jaillir
to erupt / to gush
jeter
to throw
jeûner
to fast
jouer
to play
juger
to judge
kidnapper
to kidnap
klaxonner
to honk
laisser
to let
lancer
to throw
libérer
to release
licencier
to fire / to be a member
lier
to tie
ligoter
to tie up
lire
to read
livrer
to deliver
louer
to rent
louper
to miss
maigrir
to lose weight
maîtriser
to control / to master
manger
to eat
manifester
to protest / to demonstrate
manquer
to miss
marcher
to walk
méditer
to meditate
mélanger
to mix
mentir
to lie
mettre
to put / to place
nager
to swim
narguer
to taunt
naviguer
to sail
négocier
to negotiate
neiger
to snow
nettoyer
to clean
nier
to deny
obéir
to obey
observer
to observe
obtenir
to get / to obtain
occuper
to occupy
offrir
to offer
oublier
to forget
ouvrir
to open
pardonner
to forgive
parier
to bet
parler
to speak
partager
to share
participer
to participate
partir
to leave
passer
to pass
payer
to pay
pêcher
to fish
peindre
to paint
pénétrer
to penetrate
penser
to think
perdre
to lose
permettre
to allow
peser
to weigh
photographier
to photograph
plaisanter
to joke
planer
to hover
planifier
to plan
planter
to plant
pleurer
to cry
pleuvoir
to rain
plier
to fold
polluer
to pollute
pondre
to lay
porter
to carry
poser
to put / to ask
poster
to post
pousser
to push
pouvoir
to be able to / can
prendre
to take
préparer
to prepare
présenter
to present / to introduce
prêter
to lend
prier
to pray
promener
to walk
prononcer
to pronounce
prouver
to prove
qualifier
to qualify
questionner
to question
quitter
to leave
raccourcir
to shorten
racheter
to purchase
rajouter
to add
ralentir
to slow down
râler
to grumble
ramasser
to pick up
ranger
to tidy up
râper to grate
rappeler
to call back
recevoir
to receive
reconnaitre
to recognize
redire
to repeat / to say again
refaire
to redo
regarder
to look
remettre
to put back
remuer
to stir
rencontrer
to meet
rendre
to return
réparer
to repair
repasser
to iron
répéter
to repeat
répondre
to answer
rester
to stay
retourner
to return
retrouver
to find
revenir
to come back
rêver
to dream
rire
to laugh
rouler
to drive / to ride
rouvrir
to reopen
saigner
to bleed
saisir
to cease
salir
to soil / to make dirty
saluer
to greet
sauter
to jump
sauver
to save
savoir
to know
secourir
to rescue
sécuriser
to secure
séduire
to seduce
séjourner
to stay
sélectionner
to select
sembler
to seem
sentir
to feel/to smell
servir
to serve
siffler
to whistle
signaler
to report
souffrir
to suffer
souhaiter
to wish
sourire
to smile
soutenir
to support
suivre
to follow
supprimer
to delete
surpeupler
to overcrowd
survivre
to survive
taper
to hit
teindre
to dye
téléphoner
to phone
tenir
to hold
tenter
to try
tester
to test
tirer
to pull, to shoot
tomber
to fall
tondre
to mow
torturer
to torture
tourner
to turn
tousser
to cough
traduire
to translate
travailler
to work
trouver
to find
tuer
to kill
uriner
to urinate / to pee
usurper
to steal
vendre
to sell
venir
to come
verser
to pour
visiter
to visit
vivre
to live
voir
to see
voler
to steal / to fly
vomir
to vomit
vouloir
to want
zozoter
to lisp

 

I hope this list of verbs was useful for you, you can also watch it in these two videos below if you prefer. If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

 

French verbs list a-z:

abandonner – to give up / to abandon
abattre – to shoot
abîmer – to damage
accélérer – to accelerate
accepter – to accept
accompagner – to accompany
accoucher – to give birth
accrocher – to attach / to hang
acheter – to buy
agir – to act
aider – to help
aimer – to like/to love
ajouter – to add
aller – to go
allumer- to turn on / to switch on / to light up
apercevoir – to see / to spot
apprendre – to learn
arrêter – to stop / to arrest
arriver – to arrive
attendre – to wait
atterrir – to land
attraper – to catch
avaler – to swallow
avoir – to have
bégayer – to stutter
blesser – to injure
bloquer – to block
boire – to drink
bondir – to bounce
boucher – to clog
bouder – to sulk
bouillir – to boil
bouquiner – to read
briser – to break
bronzer – to sunbathe
cacher – to hide
cambrioler – to burglarize / to break in
casser – to break
causer – to cause
changer – to change
chanter – to sing
chauffer – to heat
chavirer – to capsize
chercher – to look for
chialer – to weep / to cry
chuchoter – to whisper
cicatriser – to heal
coiffer – to style / to do hair
coincer – to stick
coller – to glue
combattre – to fight
commander – to order
comparer – to compare
comprendre – to understand
compter – to count
concrétiser – to realise
conduire – to drive
confier – to entrust / to leave
confimer – – to confirm
confisquer – to confiscate
conjuguer – to conjugate
connaitre – to know
continuer – to continue
contrôler – to control
couper – to cut
courir – to run
créer – to create
crier – to shout
croire – to believe
cuisiner – to cook
danser – to dance
décevoir – to disappoint
défaire – to unpack
demander – to ask
déménager – to move
démolir – to demolish
démotiver – to demotivate / to discourage
déprimer – to be depress
descendre – to go down / come down
désinstaller – to uninstall
désobéir – to disobey
dessiner – to draw
détester – to hate
détruire – to destroy
devenir – to become
dire – to say/ to tell
disparaître – to disappear
disqualifier – to disqualify
donner – to give
dormir – to sleep
draguer – to hit on / to flirt
écarter – to spread
échanger – to exchange
économiser – to save up
écouter – to listen to
écrire – to write
emballer – to pack
embrasser – to kiss
encourager – to encourage
ennuyer – to annoy
entendre – to hear
envoyer – to send
éplucher – to peel
essayer – to try
étaler – to spread
éteindre – to turn off / to switch off
étendre – to hang
être – to be
étudier – to study
exister – to exist
expliquer – to explain
fabriquer – to make / to build
faire – to do
falsifier – to falsify
féliciter – to congratulate
fermer – to close
fêter – to celebrate
finir – to finish
fondre – to melt
frapper – to hit
fumer – to smoke
gagner – to win
garder – to keep
gâter – to spoil
geler – to freeze
glisser – to slip
goûter – to taste
grimper – to climb
habiller – to dress
harceler – to harass
hospitaliser – to hospitalize
hurler – to scream
hypnotiser – to hypnotize
idolâtrer – to idolize
illuminer – to illuminate
inaugurer – to inaugurate
infecter – to infect
installer – to install
intercepter – to intercept
introduire – to insert
investir – to invest
jaillir – to erupt / to gush
jeter – to throw away
jeûner – to fast
jouer – to play
juger – to judge
kidnapper – to kidnap
klaxonner – to honk
laisser – to let
lancer – to throw
libérer – to release
licencier – to fire / to be a member
lier – to tie
ligoter – to tie up
lire – to read
livrer – to deliver
louer – to rent
louper – to miss
maigrir – to lose weight
maîtriser – to control / to master
manger – to eat
manifester – to protest
manquer – to miss
marcher – to walk
méditer – to meditate
mélanger – to mix
mentir – to lie
mettre – to put/to place
nager – to swim
narguer – to taunt
naviguer – to sail
négocier – to negotiate
neiger – to snow
nettoyer – to clean
nier – to deny
obéir – to obey
observer – to observe
obtenir – to get
occuper – to occupy
offrir – to offer
oublier – to forget
ouvrir – to open
pardonner – to forgive
parier – to bet
parler – to speak
partager – to share
participer – to participate
partir – to leave
passer – to pass
payer – to pay
pêcher – to fish
peindre – to paint
pénétrer – to penetrate
penser – to think
perdre – to lose
permettre – to allow
peser – to weigh
photographier – to photograph
plaisanter – to joke
planer – to hover
planifier – to plan
planter – to plant
pleurer – to cry
pleuvoir – to rain
plier – to fold
polluer – to pollute
pondre – to lay
porter – to carry
poser – to ask / to put
poster – to post
pousser – to push
pouvoir – can / to be able to
prendre – to take
préparer – to prepare
présenter – to present / to introduce
prêter – to lend
prier – to pray
promener – to walk
prononcer – to pronounce
prouver – to prove
qualifier – to qualify
questionner – to question
quitter – to leave
raccourcir – to shorten
racheter – to purchase
rajouter – to add
ralentir – to slow down
râler – to grumble
ramasser – to pick up
ranger – to tidy up
râper – to grate
rappeler – to call back
recevoir – to receive
reconnaitre – to recognize
redire – to repeat / to say again
refaire – to redo
regarder – to look
remettre – to put back
remuer – to stir
rencontrer – to meet
rendre – to give back
réparer – to repair
repasser – to iron
répéter – to repeat
répondre – to answer
rester – to stay
retourner – to return
retrouver – to find
revenir – to come back
rêver – to dream
rire – to laugh
rouler – to drive / to ride
rouvrir – to reopen
saigner – to bleed
saisir – to cease
salir – so soil / to make dirty
saluer – to greet
sauter – to jump
sauver – to rescue
savoir – to know
secourir – to rescue
sécuriser – to secure
séduire – to seduce
séjourner – to stay
sélectionner – to select
sembler – to seem
sentir – to feel / to smell
servir – to serve
siffler – to whistle
signaler – to report
souffrir – to suffer
souhaiter – to wish
sourire – to smile
soutenir – to support
suivre – to follow
supprimer – to delete
surpeupler – to overcrowd
survivre – to survive
taper – to hit
teindre – to dye
téléphoner – to phone
tenir – to hold
tenter – to try
tester – to test
tirer – to pull, to shoot
tomber – to fall
tondre – to mow
torturer – to torture
tourner – to turn
tousser – to cough
traduire – to translate
travailler – to work
trouver – to find
tuer – to kill
uriner – to urinate
usurper – to steal
vendre – to sell
venir – to come
verser – to pour
visiter – to visit
vivre – to live
voir – to see
voler – to steal / to fly
vomir – to vomit
vouloir – to want
zozoter – to lisp

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