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Translation of but in English:

nom masculin

  • 2 (dans la vie) (objectif)
    (intention) aim, purpose
    (ambition) aim
    atteindre son but
    to reach one's goal
    c'est le but à atteindre
    it's our/your etc goal
    nous touchons au or approchons du but
    our goal is in sight
    il s'est fixé pour but la présidence
    he has set his sights on the presidency
    mon but dans la vie est de m'amuser
    my aim in life is to have a good time
    notre but est la protection de or de protéger la faune
    our aim is the protection of ou to protect wildlife
    dans quel but est-il venu?
    what was his purpose ou object in coming here?
    dans le (seul) but de faire
    with the (sole) intention ou aim of doing
    dans ce but
    with this aim in view
    faire quelque chose dans un but désintéressé
    to do something with no ulterior motive
    faire quelque chose dans un but lucratif/publicitaire
    to do something for financial gain/(the) publicity
    aller droit au but
    to go straight to the point

Idioms

demander/déclarer de but en blanc

to ask/declare point-blank

annoncer quelque chose de but en blanc à quelqu'un

to spring something on somebody

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