How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Vaincre' ('to Defeat')

Learn how to say, 'We shall overcome' and other uses of 'vaincre.'

The irregular French verb vaincre means "to beat, defeat, overcome, conquer and overcome." It has an irregular -re conjugation, but it shares the same conjugation with convaincre ("to convince" or "to persuade") and other words with vaincre as their root. Learn how to conjugate vaincre and you'll easily be able to apply that to other verbs with vaincre as their root.

Examples

Here are examples of the everyday use of vaincre:

Nous vaincrons. > We shall overcome.

Les joueurs partaient vaincus d'avance. > The players felt defeated before they began.

Elle a été vaincue par le sommeil/la fatigue. > She was overcome with sleep/exhaustion.

Conjugation of 'Vaincre'

 

Present

 

Future

 

Imperfect

 

Present participle

jevaincs  vaincraivainquaisvainquant
tuvaincsvaincrasvainquais    
ilvaincvaincravainquaitPassé composé
nousvainquonsvaincronsvainquions   Auxiliary verb avoir
vousvainquezvaincrezvainquiez   Past participlevaincu
ilsvainquentvaincrontvainquaient 
 

 

Subjunctive

 

Conditional

 

Passé simple

 

Imperfect subjunctive

jevainque  vaincraisvainquisvainquisse
tuvainques  vaincrais   vainquisvainquisses
ilvainquevaincraitvainquitvainquît
nousvainquionsvaincrionsvainquîmesvainquissions
vousvainquiezvaincriezvainquîtesvainquissiez
ilsvainquentvaincraientvainquirentvainquissent
 

 

Imperative

(tu)vaincs Verb conjugation pattern:
Vaincre is an irregular verb and is conjugated
like convaincre.
(nous) vainquons 
(vous)vainquez 
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