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French Expressions with Monter

Idiomatic French expressions

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The French verb monter literally means "to go up" and is also used in many idiomatic expressions. Learn how to be promoted, rise gently, turn up the volume, and more with this list of expressions with monter.

Possible meanings of monter
  • to go up
  • to assemble
  • to climb up/into
  • to edit
  • to mount
  • to organize, set up
  • to put up
  • to rise
  • to stage
  • to take up
  • to turn up
  • to well up

Expressions with monter

monter à
to go up to visit / work in (a city)

monter à bicyclette
to cycle up; to ride a bike

monter à bord (d'un navire)
to go on board a ship

monter à cheval
to get on a horse; to ride a horse

monter à / jusqu'à
to come up to

monter à/dans sa chambre
to go up to one's room

monter à l'étage
to go upstairs

monter à pied
to walk up

monter aux arbres
to climb trees

monter dans l'estime de quelqu'un
to rise in someone's estimation

monter dans un avion
to board a plane

monter dans un train
to board a train

monter des mailles
to cast on stitches

monter en courant
to run up

monter en flèche
to soar (literally and figuratively)

monter en grade
to be promoted

monter en lacets
to wind upwards

monter en parallèle
to connect in parallel

monter en pente douce
to rise gently

monter en série
to connect in series

monter en titubant
to stagger up

monter en train
to go up by train

monter en voiture
to drive up; to get into a car

monter le bourrichon à quelqu'un (informal)
to put ideas in someone's head

monter le coup à quelqu'un (fam)
to take someone for a ride

monter l'escalier
to go up the stairs

monter la gamme (music)
to go up the scale

monter la garde
to go/be on guard

monter le son
to turn the volume up

monter la tête à quelqu'un
to get someone worked up

monter par l'ascenseur
to take the elevator up

monter prévenir quelqu'un
to go up and tell someone

monter quelque chose en épingle
to blow something all out of proportion

monter quelqu'un contre quelqu'un
to set someone against someone

monter voir quelqu'un
to go up and see someone

monter sur
to climb up on

monter sur le trône
to ascend to the throne

monter sur un arbre
to climb a tree

monter sur une bicyclette
to get on a bicycle

monter sur une colline
to climb a hill

monter sur une échelle
to climb a ladder

monter un cheval
to ride a horse

monter une côte
to go up a hill

monter un coup
to plan a job

monter une histoire pour déshonorer quelqu'un
to invent a scandal to ruin someone's name


Ça fait monter les prix.
It makes prices go up.

C'est l'artiste qui monte.
He's an up-and-coming artist.

C'est l'homme qui monte.
He's on the way up (to fame).

C'est une histoire montée de toutes pièces.
It's a complete fabrication.

être monté contre
to be dead set against

faire monter des blancs en neige
to beat egg whites into stiff peaks

faire monter quelqu'un
to tell someone (e.g., a guest) to come up

faire monter ses valises
to have one's luggage taken up

Je monte la garde (sign)
Beware of dog

La moutarde me monte au nez.
I'm losing my temper.


se monter
to come to, amount to

se monter le bourrichon (informal)
to get all worked up

se monter la tête (pour un rien)
to get all worked up (over nothing)


Monter conjugations
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