French Reflexive Verbs List

Valorie Delp
woman applying makeup
Se maquiller is a reflexive verb that means to put on make up.

So you've gotten so far as to understand and be able to use reflexive verbs correctly and now you're looking for a French reflexive verbs list? When you memorize reflexive verbs, remember to include the reflexive pronoun in the conjugation. Many of the words can be used without the reflexive pronoun but would have a different meaning or implication.

Common French Reflexive Verbs

Remember, reflexive verbs have mostly to do with emotion, one's body, or location. The following is not a comprehensive French reflexive verbs list but gives examples of the most frequently used reflexive verbs:

To Approach

Verb: s'approcher de
Conjugation: regular -er veb
Used in a sentence: Je m'approche de la maison. I approach the house.

To Sit Down

Verb: s'asseoir
Conjugation: irregular veb
Used in a sentence: Tous les étudiants, s'il vous plait, asseyez-vous! Students, please, sit down!

To Bathe or Swim

Verb: se baigner
Conjugation: regular -er verb
Used in a sentence: Nous baignons dans la mer! Let's go swimming. Also, Je me baigne après avoir fait du jogging. I shower after I go jogging.

To Brush

Verb: se brosser
Conjugation: regular -er verb
Used in a sentence: Je me brosse les cheveux après avoir me brossé les dents. I brush my hair after I brush my teeth.

To Break

Verb:se casser
Conjugation: regular -er verb
Used in a sentence: Je me casse le bras. (or la jambe, etc.) I break my arm, my leg, etc.

To Go to Bed

Verb: se coucher
Conjugation: regular -er verb
Used in a sentence: Je me couche à 9. heures. I go to bed at 9 o'clock.

To Cut Oneself

Verb: se couper
Conjugation: regular -er verb
Used in a setence: Je me coupe les doigts. I cut my fingers.

To Get Undressed

Verb: se déshabiller
Conjugation: regular -er verb
Used in a sentence: Nous nous déshabillons avant de nous coucher. We get undressed before we go to bed.

To Take a Shower

Verb: se doucher
Conjugation: regular -er verb
Used in a sentence: Vous vouz douchez avant de nager dans la piscine. Take a shower before swimming in the pool.

To Get Angry

Verb: se fâcher
Conjugation: regular -er verb
Used in a sentence: Je me fâche contre toi! I am mad at you.

To Get Dressed

Verb: s'habiller
Conjugation: regular -er verb
Used in a sentence: Je m'habille le matin. I get dressed in the morning.

To Wash

Verb: se laver
Conjugation: regular -er verb Used in a sentence: Tu te laves la figure après avoir mangé de la glace au chocolat. You wash your face after you eat chocolate ice cream.

To Get Up

Verb: se lever
Conjugation: regular -er verb
Used in a sentence: À quelle heure est-ce que vous vous levez? What time do you get up?

To Get Married

Verb: se marier
Conjugation: regular -er verb
Used in a sentence: Je me marie dimanche. I am getting married on Sunday.

To Comb Your Hair

Verb: se peigner
Conjugation: regular -er verb Used in a sentence: Il se peigne les cheveux. He combs his hair.

To Take a Walk

Verb: se promener
Conjugation: stem changing verb
Used in a sentence: Je me promène tous les jours. I walk every day.

To Shave

Verb: se raser
Conjugation: regular -er verb Used in a sentence: Je me rase avant d'aller au travail. I shave before I go to work.

To Look at Oneself

Verb: se regarder
Conjugation: regular -er verb Used in a sentence: Elle se regarde toujours dans le miroir !

To Rest

Verb: se reposer
Conjugation: regular -er verb Used in a sentence: Tu te reposes aujourd'hui parce que demain tu dois courir dans une course. You're resting today because tomorrow you are running in a race.

To Wake Up

Verb: se réveiller
Conjugation: regular -er verb
Used in a sentence: Je me réveille le matin. I wake up in the morning.

To Remember

Verb: se souvenir de
Conjugation: irregular verb
Used in a sentence: Je me souviens de nos vacances au Québec.

Idiomatic Reflexive Verbs

Idiomatic reflexive verbs are verbs that take on a different meaning with the addition of a reflexive pronoun.

Idiomatic Reflexive Verb Chart
Idiomatic Verb Meaning Meaning Without Reflexive Pronoun
s'en aller to go away to go
s'amuser to have a good time to amuse
s'appeler to be named to call
s'arrêter to stop (oneself) to stop someone or something else)
s'attendre (à) to expect to wait for
se demander to wonder to ask
se dépêcher to hurry to send quickly
s'endormir to fall asleep to put to sleep
s'ennuyer to be bored to bother
s'entendre to get along to hear
s'habituer à to get used to to get in the habit of
s'inquiéter to worry to alarm
se mettre à to begin to to place, put
se perdre to get lost to lose
se rendre compte de to realize to account for
se réunir to meet, get together to gather, collect
se tromper to be mistaken to deceive
se trouver to be located to find


Mastering Reflexive Verbs

Once you are familiar with many of the most commonly used reflexive verbs in the French language, you'll be able to master the art of using them in everyday conversation.

French Reflexive Verbs List