100 French Reflexive Verbs List + Exercises

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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 wrote 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 decider 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’évader = to escape
  41. s’évanouir = to faint
  42. s’excuser = to apologize
  43. s’exercer = to train
  44. s’expliquer = to explain oneself
  45. se fâcher = to get angry
  46. se fatiguer = to get tired
  47. se fiancer = to get engaged
  48. se fouler (la cheville) = to twist (one’s ankle)
  49. se fracturer (le bras) = to break (one’s arm)
  50. se frotter = to brush against
  51. se garer = to park
  52. se gratter = to scratch an itch
  53. se goinfrer = to eat like a pig
  54. s’habiller = to get dressed
  55. s’habituer à = to get accustomed to
  56. s’impatienter = to get impatient
  57. s’infecter = to get infected
  58. s’intéresser à = to be interested in
  59. se lamenter = to lament
  60. se laver (les mains, la figure…) = to wash (one’s hands, face…)
  61. se lever = to get up
  62. se limiter à = to limit oneself to
  63. se marier (avec) = to get married with someone
  64. se maquiller = to put on make-up
  65. se moucher = to blow one’s nose
  66. se mouiller = to get wet
  67. se multiplier = to multiply
  68. se mutiner = to declare mutiny
  69. se négliger = to neglect oneself
  70. se nourrir = to feed oneself
  71. se noyer = to drown
  72. s’opposer à = to oppose
  73. s’organiser = to get organized
  74. se passionner pour = to get passionate about
  75. se pencher = to lean down
  76. se peigner (les cheveux) = to comb one’s hair
  77. se pendre = to hang oneself
  78. se plaindre = to complain
  79. se pousser = to get out of the way
  80. se précipiter = to hurry towards
  81. se préparer = to get ready
  82.  se promener = to take a stroll
  83. se protéger de = to protect oneself against
  84. se qualifier = to get qualified
  85. se raser (la barbe) = to shave
  86. se rasseoir = to go back to one’s seat
  87. se réchauffer = to get warmer
  88. se réfugier = to find asylum or protection somewhere
  89. se regarder = to look at oneself
  90. se renseigner = to get info
  91. se reposer = to rest
  92. se retourner = to turn around/back
  93. se réveiller = to wake up
  94. se ronger (les ongles) = to bite one’s nails
  95. se salir = to get dirty
  96. se sauver = to escape
  97. se séparer = to separate from
  98. se servir de = to use
  99. se suicider = to commit suicide
  100. se taire = to be silent
  101. se teindre (les cheveux) = to color (one’s hair)
  102. se tourner vers = to turn towards
  103. se transformer = to transform
  104. se tuer = to kill oneself
  105. se vanter = to brag
  106. se venger de = to get revenge against
  107. 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.