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donner

Pronunciation: /dɔne/

Translation of donner in English:

vt

vi

  • 1le poirier va bien donner cette année the pear tree will yield a good crop this year
  • 2ne plus savoir où donner de la tête [fig], not to know which way to turn
  • 3donner sur [room, window] to overlook [door] to give onto donner au nord to face north la cuisine donne dans le salon the kitchen leads into the living room
  • 4donner dans to tend toward(s)
  • 5donner de sa personne to give of oneself

v refl (+ v être) (se donner)

  • 1se donner à to devote oneself to
  • 2se donner le temps de faire to give oneself time to do
  • 3se donner pour but de faire to make it one's aim to do
  • 4se donner de grands airs to put on airs
  • 5se donner des coups to exchange blows se donner le mot to pass the word on

Idioms

donnant donnant: je fais la cuisine, tu fais la vaisselle

fair's fair: I cook, you do the washing-up

avec lui, c'est donnant donnant

he never does anything for nothing

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