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British English: /ˈwɔːtə/
American English: /ˈwɔdər/
, /ˈwɑdər/

Translation of water in French:


  • drinking/running water
    eau potable/courante
    tap/washing-up water
    eau du robinet/de vaisselle
    by water
    par bateau
    under water
    (submerged) sous l'eau
    (flooded) inondé
    at high/low water
    à marée haute/basse
    to let in water
    (shoe, boat)
    prendre l'eau
    to make water
    faire eau
    to pass water to turn the water on/off
    ouvrir/fermer le robinet
    he lives across the water on the mainland
    il habite sur le continent
    our French colleagues across the water
    nos collègues français de l'autre côté de la Manche
    the wine was flowing like water
    le vin coulait à flots
    to keep one's head above water
    garder la tête hors de l'eau
    [figurative] (financially) faire face à ses engagements
    before n (glass, jug, tank)
    à eau
    (snake, shrew)
    (filter, pump)
    à eau
    (pipe, pressure, shortage)
    de l'eau

also: waters plural noun

  • 1 (Nautical)
    eaux fpl
    enemy/international waters
    eaux (territoriales) ennemies/internationales
  • 3 (Medicine) (in obstetrics)
    eaux fpl
    her waters have broken
    elle a perdu les eaux

transitive verb

  • (in gardening) arroser (lawn, plant)
    irriguer (crop, field)
    abreuver (horse, livestock)
    a country watered by many rivers [literary]
    un pays arrosé par de nombreuses rivières

intransitive verb

  • the smell of cooking makes my mouth water
    l'odeur de cuisine me fait venir l'eau à la bouche
    the smoke/onion made her eyes water
    la fumée/l'oignon l'a fait pleurer


to spend money like water

not to hold water

(theory, argument)
ne pas tenir debout

I can't walk on water!

je ne peux pas faire de miracles!

he's a cheat/liar of the first water

c'est un menteur/lâche de la pire espèce

Phrasal verbs

water down

water down [something] 1.1 (dilute)
couper [quelque chose] d'eau (beer, milk)
diluer (syrup)
1.2 (tone down)
atténuer (criticism, effect, plans, policy)
édulcorer (description, story)
1.3 (Finance)
diluer (capital, stock)
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