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Translation of rapprocher in English:

verbe transitif

  • 1 (rendre plus proche)
    to move [something] closer (objet) (de to)
    peux-tu rapprocher la lampe, je n'y vois rien
    can you move the lamp a bit closer, I can't see a thing
    si tu n'y vois rien, rapproche la lampe
    if you can't see, move the lamp closer
    rapproche la chaise du mur
    move the chair closer to the wall
    le courant nous rapproche de la côte
    the current is taking us toward(s) the coast
    le prolongement de la ligne va me rapprocher de mon travail
    the extension of the line will take me closer to my work
    il faut rapprocher les électrodes pour que l'étincelle se produise
    the electrodes must be moved closer together in order to produce a spark
    j'ai dû rapprocher mon fauteuil de la fenêtre
    I had to move my armchair closer to the window
    rapproche les deux vases
    move the two vases closer together
    les jumelles rapprochent les objets [figuré]
    binoculars make objects seem closer ou nearer
  • 6 (apparenter) ses caractéristiques le rapprochent plus des mammifères
    its characteristics make it closer to the mammals

also: se rapprocher verbe pronominal

  • 1 (devenir plus proche)
    to get closer, to get nearer (de to)
    l'avion/l'orage/l'ennemi se rapproche
    the plane/the storm/the enemy is getting closer
    j'ai choisi ce travail pour me rapprocher d'elle
    I chose this job so that I could be nearer to her
  • 2 (améliorer des relations)
    to get closer (de to)
    ils n'ont rien fait pour se rapprocher de nous
    they did nothing to get closer to us
    il semble que les deux pays se rapprochent
    relations between the two countries seem to be improving
  • 3 (s'apparenter)se rapprocher de (processus)
    to get close to
    (état) to be close to
    leurs peintures se rapprochent des fresques antiques
    their paintings are similar to ancient frescoes
    le chimpanzé se rapproche plus de l'homme que du babouin
    the chimpanzee is more closely related to man than to the baboon

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