[placer] [situé] in front
Il marchait devant. He was walking in front.
On est passés devant hier. We went past it yesterday.
(=en avant) ahead
Il est déjà loin devant. He's already a long way ahead.
in front of , (en circulant)
past, (dans une évolution, dans le temps)
Il était assis devant moi. He was sitting in front of me.
Nous sommes passés devant chez toi. We went past your house.
Ils sont devant nous sur le plan technique. They're ahead of us technically.
(en présence de)
[+notaire, magistrat, parent] in front of, before
Devant le juge, il ne faisait plus le fier. He wasn't so full of himself once he was before the judge.
[+événement] in the face of
[+danger] in the face of
[+circonstances, attitude] in view of
son manque de courage devant le danger his lack of courage in the face of danger
Devant son attitude, je préfère renoncer. In view of his attitude, I'd rather give up the idea.
[+immeuble, objet] front
le devant de la maison the front of the house
[roue, porte] front
les pattes de devant the front legs, the forelegs
devants nmpl prendre les devants to make the first move
aller au-devant de qn to go out to meet sb
aller au-devant de qch [+désirs] to anticipate sth
aller au-devant de graves difficultés to be asking for trouble
nmf inv aristocrat who lost his or her title in the French Revolution aristocrat who lost his or her title in the French Revolution
adv there (in front)
[se boutonner] at the front
the front way
par-devant notaire in the presence of a notary
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