100 French Reflexive Verbs List + Exercises

List of common French reflexive verbs – “se” verbs. We use the reflexive form in French when one does something to oneself.

The reflexive form is very common in French, and I can’t possibly list all the French reflexive verbs here.

However, if you feel I missed a very common one (or a few!) please add them to the comment with the English translation and I’ll add it to the list.

French Reflexive Verbs Meaning

“Reflexive” is an adjective, it means “reflecting”.

It shows that the action is carried out on the person who is doing the action.

French Pronominal Verb Meaning

“Pronominal” is an adjective, it means “having a pronoun”.

Pronominal verbs have a special pronoun before the verb: “me, te, se, nous, vous, se” (in addition to the subject pronoun “je, te, il, elle, on, nous, vous, ils, elles”).

Some verbs can only be conjugated in a pronominal form (eg “s’enfuir” to flee) but most French pronominal verbs are based on a verb which can be used in a non-pronominal way.

For example the verb “laver” (to wash) can be used in

  1. a regular way “laver” + something
    Je lave mes vêtements = regular use
  2. or in a pronominal way “se laver” = to wash oneself.
    Je me lave = pronominal use

When do you call a Verb a Reflexive Verb or a Pronominal Verb?

“Reflexive verb” is an alternative name for “pronominal verbs” like “se laver”.

How do you Call Reflexive Verbs and Pronominal Verbs in French

In French, we call them

  • “un verbe pronominal / des verbes pronominaux”
  • ou “un verbe réfléchi”.

The pronouns are called “des pronoms réfléchis”.

Please Click this link to understand the French pronominal verbs better: I’ve already written a whole article about French pronominal verbs, featuring a video I made with The Sims, which explains everything.

French Reflexive Verbs List

  1. s’abonner à = to subscribe to
  2. s’adapter à = to adapt to
  3. s’adresser à = to talk to someone
  4. s’agenouiller = to get on one’s knees
  5. s’allonger = to lie down
  6. s’appeler = to be named
  7. s’approcher de qq’un = to get closer to someone
  8. s’appuyer sur/contre/à = to lean against
  9. s’asseoir = to sit down
  10. s’attendre à = to expect something
  11. s’avancer = to get closer
  12. se baigner = to bathe, swim
  13. se baisser = to lower oneself
  14. se balader = to take a stroll
  15. se brosser (les cheveux, les dents…) = to brush (one’s hair, teeth…)
  16. se brûler = to burn oneself
  17. se cacher = to hide
  18. se calmer = to calm down
  19. se changer = to change outfit
  20. se cogner (la tête) = to bang one’s head
  21. se coincer = to get stucked
  22. se casser (la jambe) = to break (one’s leg)
  23. se coiffer (les cheveux) = to fix one’s hair
  24. se coucher = to go to bed
  25. se couper (le doigt) = to cut oneself on the finger
  26. se décider à = to make the decision to
  27. se défendre contre = to defend (against an attack)
  28. se déguiser = to put on a costume
  29. se déshabiller = to get undressed
  30. se distraire = to amuse oneself
  31. se divertir = to amuse oneself
  32. se documenter = to get documentation
  33. se doucher = to take a shower
  34. s’effondrer = to collapse
  35. s’énerver = to get angry
  36. s’ennuyer = to be bored
  37. s’entraîner = to train
  38. s’enrhumer = to be getting a cold
  39. s’essuyer = to dry oneself
  40. s’étendre = to lie down / to last a period of time
  41. s’évader = to escape
  42. s’évanouir = to faint
  43. s’excuser = to apologize
  44. s’exercer = to train
  45. s’expliquer = to explain oneself
  46. se fâcher = to get angry
  47. se fatiguer = to get tired
  48. se fiancer = to get engaged
  49. se fouler (la cheville) = to twist (one’s ankle)
  50. se fracturer (le bras) = to break (one’s arm)
  51. se frotter = to brush against
  52. se garer = to park
  53. se gratter = to scratch an itch
  54. se goinfrer = to eat like a pig
  55. s’habiller = to get dressed
  56. s’habituer à = to get accustomed to
  57. s’impatienter = to get impatient
  58. s’infecter = to get infected
  59. s’intéresser à = to be interested in
  60. se lamenter = to lament
  61. se laver (les mains, la figure…) = to wash (one’s hands, face…)
  62. se lever = to get up
  63. se limiter à = to limit oneself to
  64. se marier (avec) = to get married with someone
  65. se maquiller = to put on make-up
  66. se mettre (à) = to start doing something
  67. se moquer (de) = to make fun of
  68. se moucher = to blow one’s nose
  69. se mouiller = to get wet
  70. se multiplier = to multiply
  71. se mutiner = to declare mutiny
  72. se négliger = to neglect oneself
  73. se nourrir = to feed oneself
  74. se noyer = to drown
  75. s’opposer à = to oppose
  76. s’organiser = to get organized
  77. se passionner pour = to get passionate about
  78. se pencher = to lean down
  79. se peigner (les cheveux) = to comb one’s hair
  80. se pendre = to hang oneself
  81. se plaindre = to complain
  82. se pousser = to get out of the way
  83. se précipiter = to hurry towards
  84. se préparer = to get ready
  85.  se promener = to take a stroll
  86. se protéger de = to protect oneself against
  87. se qualifier = to get qualified
  88. se raser (la barbe) = to shave
  89. se rasseoir = to go back to one’s seat
  90. se réchauffer = to get warmer
  91. se réfugier = to find asylum or protection somewhere
  92. se regarder = to look at oneself
  93. se renseigner = to get info
  94. se reposer = to rest
  95. se retourner = to turn around/back
  96. se réveiller = to wake up
  97. se ronger (les ongles) = to bite one’s nails
  98. se salir = to get dirty
  99. se sauver = to escape
  100. se séparer = to separate from
  101. se servir de = to use
  102. se suicider = to commit suicide
  103. se taire = to be silent
  104. se teindre (les cheveux) = to color (one’s hair)
  105. se tourner vers = to turn towards
  106. se transformer = to transform
  107. se tromper = to make a mistake
  108. se tuer = to kill oneself, to die (by accident)
  109. se vanter = to brag
  110. se venger de = to get revenge against
  111. se vexer = to get one’s feeling hurt

French Reflexive Verbs Exercises

Now we’re going to train on these French reflexive verbs.

1. (se coucher) Marie _____________ à dix heures et demie.

Marie se couche à dix heures et demi.

Marie goes to bed at ten-thirty.

2. (s’endormir) Nous _____________ vite après une soirée.

Nous nous endormons vite après une soirée.

We go to sleep fast after a party.

3. (s’habiller) Comment vous _____________ pour aller au restaurant?

Comment vous habillez-vous pour aller au restaurant?

How do you dress to go out to a restaurant?

4. (se dépêcher) Marc _____________ pour prendre le train.

Marc se dépêche pour prendre le train.

Marc hurries to catch (take) the train.

5. (s’ennuyer) Les enfants ne _____________ jamais.

Les enfants ne s’ennuient jamais.

The children never get bored.

6. (se baigner) Ils _____________ à la piscine ?

Ils se baignent à la piscine ?

They are swimming at the pool?

7. (s’habiller) Les jeunes  _____________ d’une manière décontractée.

Les jeunes s’habillent d’une manière décontractée.

Young people dress in a relaxed manner.

8. (se fâcher) Est-ce que tu _____________ souvent avec Paul?

Est-ce que tu te fâches souvent avec Paul?

Do you get mad at Paul often?

10. (se disputer) Les frères, ils ne ____________ pas.

Les frères, ils ne se disputent pas.

The brothers don’t quarrel.

11. (se retrouver) Mes amis et moi, on _____________ souvent au cinéma.

Mes amies et moi, on se retrouve souvent au cinéma.

My friends and I often meet at the cinema.

12. (s’asseoir) Avant le dîner, tout le monde _____________ à table.

Avant le diner, tout le monde s’assied à table.

Before dinner everyone sits (down) at the table.

13. (s’amuser) Je _____________ beaucoup à des soirées.

Je m’amuse beaucoup à des soirées.

I really enjoy parties.

14. (se sécher) Vous _____________ les cheveux.

Vous vous séchez les cheveux.

You dry your hair.

15. (s’être fracturé) Je _____________ le poignet gauche.

Je me suis fracturé le poignet gauche.

I fractured my left wrist.

16. (s’approcher) L’autobus _____________ de l’immeuble.

L’autobus s’approche de l’immeuble.

The bus approaches the building.

17. (se salir) La nappe _____________ vite.

La nappe se salit vite.

The table-cloth gets dirty quickly.

18. (se décider à) Nous ____________ aller à la plage?

Nous nous décidons à aller à la plage.

We decide (have decided) to go to the beach.