French French

Vocab Builder for commonly used words in French.


The French word for 'short' is 'court'. It's used in the same context as in English, to describe the length of something that is less than average or less than expected. For instance, if a piece of material is not as long as it normally would be, one would describe it as 'court'.

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The French word 'coût' is used similarly to the English word 'cost'. It relates to the amount that has to be paid or spent to buy or obtain something. It could be used regarding the price of items, services, or the consequences of a certain action. Just as in English, 'coût' can be used in various contexts such as economics, psychology, and personal finance.

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The French word 'couvrir' translates directly to 'cover' in English and is used in largely the same contexts. It can be used when talking about putting something over another thing in order to protect or conceal it, like covering a dish or covering a body with a blanket. It is also used metaphorically like in English, such as 'covering a topic' in an educational or journalistic setting.

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The French word 'créer' is equivalent to the English verb 'create'. It is similarly used in many contexts like, 'to create art', 'to create a plan', or 'to create a meal'. Furthermore, 'créer' agrees with the subject of the sentence and may require various endings based on person, number, tense, mood, etc. For instance, 'Je crée' means 'I create'.

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The French word for 'crime' is also 'crime', but pronounced differently (cree-m). It's used in similar contexts as in English, particularly in legal or news-related contexts to refer to an illegal act. Just like in English, it can refer to a variety of offenses, from petty theft to serious crimes. Note that in everyday conversation, 'crime' is seldom used in French to casually refer to a minor wrongdoing or fault occurring in everyday life, unlike in English.

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In French, 'croire' which translates to 'believe' in English, is used similarly. It can mean to have confidence in the truth of something or accept something as true. It can be used in various contexts similar to English. For example, 'Je crois que tu as raison' means 'I believe you are right'.

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The word 'croissance' in French translates directly to 'growth' in English. It mainly used in contexts similar to English, such as personal growth, economic growth, or even the growth of a plant. For example, when talking about personal growth, we may say 'croissance personnelle'. When talking about the economic growth of a country, we may say 'croissance économique'. Somewhat versatile, 'croissance' can be used in most contexts where 'growth' is used in English.

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In French, the word 'culture' keeps the same spelling and similar pronunciation as in English. It also shares the same meanings, referring both to the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people and to the cultivation of crops or bacteria. It can be used in various contexts just like in English, such as discussing social behavior and norms (la culture française) or cultivation (la culture de tomates).

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The French word 'd'accord' is equivalent to 'okay' in English. It can be used as a response when you agree with someone, understanding a statement, or accepting a suggestion or proposal. This term is very common in French conversations.

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The term 'dame' in French is equivalent to the English word 'lady'. It is used to refer to an adult female or woman, primarily in formal or respectful context. Like 'lady' in English, 'dame' can also refer to a title of nobility, equivalent to 'Dame' in England. However, it is important to note the use of the term in context, as the social implications and uses can slightly vary depending on the region and spoken French variant.

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The French equivalent of 'into' is 'dans', and it is used to suggest a location, direction, or state. For instance, to say 'I am going into the house' you would say 'Je vais dans la maison'. It indicates the direction or motion towards something. It is also used to imply transformation or state, for example, 'She burst into tears' would be 'Elle a fondu en larmes' in French.

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In French, 'date' also means 'date'. However, the pronunciation is slightly different. This word is used in the same contexts as in English, to refer to a particular day in a month or year, or a social or romantic outing with another person. Its usage is common especially in scheduling and planning activities or events.

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The French word 'de' is used very similarly to the English preposition 'from'. It is used to indicate a point of departure or origin in space or time. It is also combined with several verbs in French to express various concepts like ‘to come from’, ‘to be from’, etc. However, being an integral part of the French language, its usage can be wider and variate depending on context.

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de toute façon

The French word 'de toute façon' is used in the same context as 'anyway' in English, often to indicate a slight change in conversation topic or a transition between ideas. It is synonymous with 'in any case' or 'regardless'. Despite slight variations, the sentiment remains the same.

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The French word for decade is 'décennie'. It is typically used the same way as it is in English, to represent a period of 10 years. For example, 'La prochaine décennie' would be 'The next decade' in English.

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The French translation for 'decide' is 'décider'. This verb is commonly used in French to express making a conclusion after consideration. Like in English, it can be used with various prepositions such as 'de' or 'que'. For example in a sentence, 'Il a décidé de partir' which means 'He decided to leave'.

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The French word 'décision' is used almost in the same way as its English counterpart 'decision'. It refers to the act of making a choice among several options or the resolution of a question or doubt. This term is often found in formal contexts, such as in legal, business, or political discussions. It is usually used as a noun and is associated with verbs like prendre (to take), faire (to make), or annoncer (to announce) when forming sentences.

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The French word for statement is 'déclaration'. It refers to a formal or explicit spoken or written expression, and is typically used in the same contexts as the English equivalent. For example, it can refer to a public government notification, a statement made in court, or a simple assertion made by a person. Like in English, it can be applied in various contexts, making it a versatile term in the French language.

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The French word 'décorations' is used similar to the English word 'decorations'. It can refer to items used to beautify a room or a place, especially during festivities. For example, during Christmas, one might say 'J'aime les décorations de Noël' which translates to 'I love Christmas decorations'.

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The French word 'décrire' directly translates to 'describe' in English. It is primarily used in the same context, to give a detailed account or representation in words, of something such as a structure, experience, or process. Like in English, it can be used in a variety of contexts, encompassing physical descriptions, recounts of events or processes, or outlining concepts or ideas.

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The word 'défense' is used in French in a similar way to 'defense' in English, often referring to the action of protecting something or someone from harm. It can also be used to refer to a sports team's efforts to stop the other team from scoring, a nation's military or strategies to protect from external threats, or the argument used by a person or team of lawyers in a legal setting. The context often dictates its specific use.

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The French word 'défi' is the translation of the English term 'challenge'. It is widely used in a similar way as in English, either referring to a test of abilities or skills, or pertaining to an invitation to contest in any type of competition. It can be used in different contexts - sports, personal growth, professional development, video games etc.

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The French word 'degré' is used similarly to its English counterpart, 'degree'. It can refer to a level or stage in a process, a unit of measurement in various systems such as temperature, angle, or a level of academic achievement. The usage depends on the context in which it is mentioned. For instance, in educational terms, 'J'ai un degré en biologie' means 'I have a degree in biology'.

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The French word 'dehors' translates to 'outside' in English. It can be used in various contexts, such as asking someone to go outside ('Va dehors'), mentioning that someone is outside ('Il est dehors'), or referring to something that is outside ('C'est dehors'). Just like in English language, this word is versatile and can be applied to numerous situations where one would need to describe an outdoor setting.

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The French word 'déjà' translates to 'already' in English. It is used in the same context and format as 'already' is used in English sentences. For instance, it is used to refer to actions that occurred before now or sooner than expected. Example- Vous avez déjà mangé? meaning Have you eaten already?

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The French word for 'half' is 'demi'. It is used in the same context as in English. It can be used to signify half of a quantity or amount. In all cases, it always precedes the noun it modifies in a sentence.

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The French word 'démocrate' is used in the same way as the English word 'democrat'. It refers to a person who supports democracy, which is a system of government where the citizens exercise power by voting. In a political context, 'démocrate' could be used to refer to a member of the Democratic Party in the United States.

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In French, the term 'département' is used very much like 'department' in English. In a business context, it refers to a division or specialized function within an organization. However, it has an additional meaning too. In France, 'département' is also a term used for local administration regions, similar to counties in the United States. The usage depends on the context.

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The word 'dépenser' is used in French to refer to the act of spending money, similar to how the word 'spend' is used in English. It can be used in a variety of contexts, for example: 'Je vais dépenser de l'argent' translates to 'I am going to spend money'.

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The word 'déplacer' is used in French in a similar way as 'move' in English. It can refer to changing location or position, or causing something to change location or position. For example, 'Je vais déplacer la voiture' translates to 'I am going to move the car'. However, it's important to note that French, like English, has various words for different contexts of 'move', such as 'bouger' for less formal contexts.

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