French Definition dictionary: meaning of words and expressions, synonyms, definition

When you learn a foreign language, or translate from or into it, some words and expressions are very difficult to use correctly. Our French monolingual dictionary will help you master French words and idiomatic phrases by providing complete explanations of their meaning. Use it for learning French or as an additional tool for French translation. In addition to the definition of commonly used French words and expressions, it includes specialized terms and the definition of many French words and expressions added by users to the Collaborative Dictionary.

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Cat.
 nm.
un port où la hauteur d'eau est insuffisante à marée basse pour que les bateaux continuent à flotter. A marée basse les bateaux reposent donc sur le fond.
 nf.
une vérité tellement évidente qu'elle prête à rire
 n.
travail bâclé, exécuté négligemment, à refaire
déchets ménagers trop lourds ou volumineux pour être ramassés dans le cadre d’une collecte classique
 v.
détruire avec une grande violence

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