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devancer

Translation of devancer in English:

verbe transitif

  • 1 (avoir de l'avance sur)
    to be ahead of, to outstrip (adversaire, concurrent)
    pour l'instant, il devance son rival de 12 minutes/2 000 voix/100 mètres
    at the moment, he is 12 minutes/2,000 votes/100 metres (british) ahead of his opponent
    un penseur qui a devancé ses contemporains
    a thinker who is ahead of his time
    dans la course aux exportations, nous avons été devancés par nos concurrents
    our competitors have outstripped us in the exports league
  • 2 (précéder) les pompiers ont devancé la police sur les lieux de l'accident
    the fire brigade got to the scene of the accident ahead of ou before the police
  • 4 (faire avant la date prévue) devancer l'appel
    to enlist for military service before call-up
    devancer l'échéance d'un paiement
    to settle a payment before the due date

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