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British English: /ˈtʃan(ə)l/
American English: /ˈtʃænl/

Translation of channel in French:


  • 1 (passage cut by or for liquid) to cut a channel
    creuser un canal (in à travers)
  • 3
    also: the Channel ou the English Channel
    before n (crossing, port)
    de la Manche
  • 4 [figurative] (diplomatic, commercial) distribution channels
    canaux (mpl) de distribution
    to do something through the proper ou usual ou normal channels
    faire quelque chose par la voie normale
    to go through official channels
    passer par la voie officielle
    diplomatic/legal channels
    voie (f) diplomatique/légale
    to open channels of communication
    ouvrir un réseau de communication
  • 5 (Television) to change channels
    changer de chaîne
    to flick channels [informal] channel one/two
    la première/deuxième chaîne

transitive verb p prés etc -ll- -l- (American English)

  • 2 [figurative] (direct)
    concentrer, canaliser (efforts, energy) (into dans) (into doing pour faire)
    affecter (funds, capital) (into à)
    to channel funds into doing
    débloquer des crédits pour faire
    to channel aid through official bodies
    canaliser l'aide par l'intermédiaire d'organismes officiels
    to channel something towards
    canaliser quelque chose vers (industry, business)
  • 3 (cut)
    creuser (groove, gorge) (in dans)
  • 4 (Architecture)
    canneler (column)

Phrasal verbs

channel off

channel off [something], channel [something] off
canaliser (liquid, energy) (into dans)
affecter (funds, resources) (into à)
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