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Vocabulary – March 2007

I have committed to add 300 new/forgotten French words to my vocabulary list this month. Here is my progress so far.

(Last updated: 1 Apr 2007)

  1. afin de – in order to
  2. normalisation – standardization
  3. approfondi – detailed (study / appraisal: in-depth)
  4. le gel – freeze (frozen prices)
  5. le déblocage – releasing
  6. la filiale – subsidiary company
  7. le délit – offense (law) US
  8. sain et sauf – safe and sound
  9. le fusil – shotgun (rifle)
  10. la piste – track (running)
  11. effectuer – to execute
  12. revendiquer – to claim (lay claim to)
  13. accueillir – to accommodate (have room for)
  14. le couloir – corridor
  15. la Cisjordanie – The West Bank
  16. l’ appui – support
  17. la confiance – confidence (feeling of trust)
  18. nier – to negate / deny
  19. le carnage – bloodshed
  20. le dirigeant – leader
  21. appuyer – to press (a button)
  22. l’ interrupteur – switch (light)
  23. l’ ampoule – light bulb
  24. lâcher – to let go
  25. l’ éclairage – lighting (apparatus)
  26. l’ évier – sink (kitchen)
  27. la bougie – candle (wax)
  28. l’ escabeau – stepladder
  29. couper – to cut off
  30. le courant – current (electricity)
  31. dévisser – to unscrew (desserrer)
  32. revisser – to screw back on
  33. griller – to burn out
  34. le mot de passe – password
  35. la lettre recommandée – registered mail
  36. la rafale – gust (wind)
  37. prudent – careful (cautious)
  38. épargner – to spare (save)
  39. le grésil – hail (fine hailstones)
  40. la pluie – rain (rainfall)
  41. l’ annulation – cancellation (cancelling)
  42. le cauchemar – nightmare
  43. le toit – rooftop
  44. le cercueil – casket (coffin)
  45. le montant – quantity (amount)
  46. le cahier – notebook (book)
  47. remporter – to win
  48. le scrutin – ballot (vote)
  49. le juriste – lawyer
  50. l’ écart – gap (spread)
  51. creuser – to excavate (excaver)
  52. le Produit Intérieur Brut – Gross domestic product
  53. potable – drinkable (consommable)
  54. inquiet – worried
  55. du coup – thus
  56. replonger – to bring back
  57. la prédication – preaching
  58. la foule – mob (disorderly crowd)
  59. le palmarès – prize list
  60. la récompense – reward
  61. décerner – to award
  62. le courriel – email (Computing)
  63. exhorter – to urge
  64. se pencher – to bend over / lean towards
  65. de nouveau – anew (again)
  66. la cave – basement (cellarage)
  67. encombrer – to block up
  68. tiède – lukewarm (tepid)
  69. la déguster – sample
  70. le moelleux – richness
  71. réchauffer – to heat up
  72. mignon – lovely (attractive)
  73. jeter – to throw (toss)
  74. l’ habileté – skill
  75. le pli – fold (pleat)
  76. la voile – sail (of ship / boat)
  77. l’ atelier – workshop
  78. le cadrage – framing (composition of a picture)
  79. tout à fait – totally / completely
  80. l’ agrandissement – enlargement (photograph)
  81. ralentir – to slow down
  82. le porte-feuille – wallet
  83. les lunettes – glasses (spectacles)
  84. la hanche – hip (anatomy)
  85. faste – luxurious (magnificent)
  86. l’ engouement – keen interest
  87. démonter – to take apart
  88. la mise à jour – update
  89. mélanger – to mix (cooking)
  90. bouger – to move around
  91. l’ astuce – trick (way)
  92. onusien – of the UN
  93. l’ ingérence – interference
  94. la serre – greenhouse
  95. ramener – to lead back
  96. parvenir – to reach / make (an agreement)
  97. le vis-à-vis – vis-à-vis (face to face)
  98. marquer – to score (tally / sports)
  99. évoquer – to call up (evoke)
  100. le soupçon – suspicion (being suspected)
  101. le pèlerin – pilgrim
  102. la rédaction – editing
  103. envahi – infested (invaded)
  104. la portée – range (scope)
  105. le bambin – toddler
  106. casse-pieds – pain in the neck
  107. tannant – annoying
  108. éclairer – to clarify (make more comprehensible)
  109. citrouille – pumpkin (fruit)
  110. concevoir – to conceive
  111. le sous-sol – basement
  112. le défi – challenge (call)
  113. convier – to invite (encourage / urge)
  114. le rangement – ordering (putting in order)
  115. le chantier – construction site
  116. le placard – closet (built-in cupboard)
  117. le garde-manger – pantry
  118. procurer – to bring (procure)
  119. convenir – to be convenient
  120. repérer – to locate
  121. tabac – tobacco
  122. débit de tabac – tobacco shop
  123. le coup – knock (setback)
  124. le gîte – lodging
  125. l’ hâte – haste (urgency)
  126. le poulailler – poultry house
  127. l’ enclos – wire fence
  128. étoffer – to flesh out
  129. l’ effectif – manpower
  130. l’ oléoduc – oil pipeline
  131. le gazoduc – pipeline (gas)
  132. ferroviaire – railway UK
  133. mensuel – monthly
  134. infléchissement – reorientation
  135. survenir – to arise (happen)
  136. le déséquilibre – unbalance
  137. atteindre – to attain (reach)
  138. unir – to unite (become one)
  139. éviter – to avoid (stay clear from)
  140. néanmoins – however (nevertheless)
  141. alimentaire – food
  142. l’ actionnaire – shareholder / stockholder
  143. croiser – to cross (meet and pass)
  144. grossir – to put on weight
  145. la cochonnerie – junk
  146. avaler – to swallow (eat)
  147. la longueur – length (section)
  148. enceinte – pregnant
  149. l’ événement – event (sth that occurs)
  150. le lièvre – hare
  151. sauver – to save (rescue)
  152. le soin – care
  153. le compère – accomplice
  154. le brin – blade (of grass)
  155. la vigilance – alertness
  156. se précipiter – to dash (rush / hurry)
  157. la colère – anger (wrath)
  158. dessous – below
  159. l’ écharpe – scarf (clothing)
  160. le concours – examination (entrance exam)
  161. le songe – dream
  162. décrire – to describe
  163. la polémique – controversy (polemic)
  164. réellement – really
  165. propice – favorable
  166. le rapprochement – connection
  167. la prise – grip (firm grasp)
  168. repousser – to reject
  169. efficace – effective (it works)
  170. étonner – to amaze (astonish)
  171. pousser – to push (shove)
  172. générer – to generate
  173. disposer – to lay down
  174. le clavier – keyboard
  175. la mine – face (expression)
  176. noyé – drowned
  177. le chagrin – grief (sorrow / mourning)
  178. l’ otite – earache (otalgie)
  179. le vertige – head spin
  180. la fièvre – fever (Medicine)
  181. enflé – swollen
  182. moindre – lower / slightest
  183. la goutte – drop (liquid)
  184. la poêle – pan (frying pan)
  185. le lardon – thinly sliced bacon
  186. la graisse – fat (fatty tissue)
  187. dorer – to brown (Cooking)
  188. la lamelle – thin layer
  189. doré – golden (in colour)
  190. le morceau – piece (bit)
  191. la croûte – crust (hard outer layer)
  192. fondu – melted
  193. croustillant – crispy
  194. savoureux – tasty (taste pleasing)
  195. le conte – story (tale)
  196. la comptine – nursery rhyme
  197. le gérant – managing director / manager (store / restaurant)
  198. le portail – portal (imposing entrance)
  199. l’ infraction – offense (law) US
  200. l’ échange – swap
  201. relâché – loose
  202. la caution – bail (release on)
  203. clos – shut up (closed)
  204. la cour – court (courtroom)
  205. approuver – to approve (agree)
  206. exemplaire – model (exemplary)
  207. trahir – to betray (to enemy)
  208. le dépens – expense (detriment) figurative
  209. la toux – cough
  210. le rhume – cold (viral infection)
  211. la cigale – grasshopper
  212. la bise – kiss
  213. le vermisseau – small worm
  214. la mouche – fly (insect)
  215. la fourmi – ant (bug)
  216. prêter – to lend (lend)
  217. subsister – to abide (endure)
  218. le prêteur – loaner (loans money)
  219. le défaut – defect (shortcoming)
  220. l’ emprunteur – borrower
  221. déplaire – to displease
  222. l’ aise – ease (informality)
  223. le corbeau – raven (bird)
  224. le bec – beak
  225. le renard – fox (mammal)
  226. allécher – to make one’s mouth water
  227. le ramage – bird songs
  228. le plumage – feathers (plumage)
  229. l’ hôte – host (person who invites)
  230. la proie – prey (animal)
  231. honteux – ashamed (ashamed)
  232. l’ entrevue – interview (job interview)
  233. la grenouille – frog (amphibian)
  234. le bœuf – ox
  235. envieux – envious
  236. la grosseur – largeness (size)
  237. crever – to burst (bubble / balloon / abscess)
  238. sage – wise (wise)
  239. le seigneur – master
  240. bâtir – to construct
  241. bancaire – banking
  242. accéder – to grant (request)
  243. débuter – to start up
  244. le délégué – delegate
  245. impliquer – to imply (indicate)
  246. la fermeture – shutting / closing
  247. la mise – wager
  248. censé – expected
  249. doter – to endow
  250. la lentille – lens
  251. priver – to deprive (take away)
  252. appartenir – to belong to (be owned by)
  253. répandu – widespread (widely circulated)
  254. débrouiller – to manage
  255. la faim – hunger (hunger)
  256. gai – happy (cheerful)
  257. la caricature – cartoon (caricature)
  258. la volonté – will (mental desire / to succeed)
  259. la chair – flesh (flesh of human/animal)
  260. juif – Jewish
  261. aplanir – to flatten (make flat)
  262. délier – to undo
  263. la courroie – belt
  264. le soulier – shoe (footwear)
  265. delà – beyond
  266. l’ agneau – lamb (Zoologie)
  267. la colombe – dove (small pigeon)
  268. le figuier – fig-tree
  269. la rancune – grievance (grudge) / resentment
  270. tenace – persistent (lasting) / tough
  271. le pas – footstep
  272. aborder – to approach / reach
  273. en vouloir – to hold it against
  274. œuvre – work
  275. gérer – to administer (supervise) / manage (a project)
  276. nettement – clearly / distinctly
  277. curieusement – curiously (differing manner)
  278. la mise en route – startup
  279. la réglage – adjustment (slight change) / tuning
  280. la dette – debt (amount to be paid)
  281. la patte – paw
  282. étourdi – dizzy (absent-minded) colloquial
  283. bienfait – kindness (kind act) / benefit
  284. advenir – to happen (it happened)
  285. rets – trap
  286. le rugissement – roar
  287. défaire – to undo (untie)
  288. accourir – to rush up
  289. ronger – to gnaw
  290. la maille – mesh
  291. emporter – to carry away
  292. couramment – fluently
  293. le chômage – unemployment
  294. l’ immobilier – real estate
  295. le créneau – loophole / gap
  296. conçus – conceived
  297. regrouper – to bring together
  298. le parcours – round (golf)
  299. le partenariat – partnership
  300. moyennement – fairly
  301. rejoindre – to meet (get together with) by arrangement
  302. la retraite – retirement (being retired)
  303. la rouelle – round steak
  304. fermier – farm (of a ranch)
  305. la brebis – sheep
  306. la pâte – pasta
  307. clore – to end (terminate)
  308. le pote – buddy USA
  309. la folie – insanity
  310. sauter – to jump (pass over)
  311. dégoûté – disgusted
  312. l’ arbitre – referee (in sports)
  313. ivre – drunk
  314. accorder – to give (allow to have / authorize)
  315. louer – to rent
  316. privé – private
  317. pénible – painful
  318. le devis – quotation (estimate)
  319. le délai – delay (time)
  320. soumis – tamed (controlled)
  321. élire – to elect
  322. la figure de proue – figurehead
  323. écrasant – overwhelming (defeat / victory / majority)
  324. subir – to undergo
  325. la réplique – aftershock
  326. le congé – vacation US
  327. vif – active (animated)
  328. convoiter – to lust for (envy)
  329. l’ enjeu – issue
  330. l’ informaticien – computer specialist
  331. le coffre-fort – safe (strongbox)
  332. le réveil – alarm (clock)
  333. nager – to float
  334. éveillé – awake (not asleep)
  335. choquer – to offend (shock)
  336. au moins – at least
  337. le oiseau – bird
  338. la gueule de bois – hangover
  339. la thune – cash (money)
  340. le boulot – work
  341. crevé – blown-out (very tired)
  342. naze – rooted (tired)
  343. héberger – to house (provide housing for)
  344. le souci – worry (care)
  345. licencier – to lay off
  346. cicatriser – to heal (a wound / an injury)
  347. le échafaud – scaffold
  348. le scintillement – sparkling
  349. la lame – blade (knife / tool / weapon / razor)
  350. aiguiser – to sharpen (make acute)
  351. grincer – to squeak
  352. le bourreau – executioner
  353. brusquement – rudely
  354. le bal – dance
  355. soudain – suddenly
  356. se balader – to wander (walk/stroll)
  357. bronzer – to suntan
  358. la crique – cove
  359. tricher – to cheat (violate rules)
  360. l’ enregistrement – recording (making record)
  361. le logiciel de traitement de texte – word processor
  362. brancher – to connect (electronic)
  363. auquel – at which (à + lequel)
  364. débrancher – to unplug (déconnecter)
  365. supprimer – to suppress
  366. aigu – acute (sharp)
  367. le poids – weight
  368. l’ abeille – bee (insect)
  369. bonifier – to improve
  370. promettre – to promise
  371. forcément – inevitably
  372. le rang – row / rank
  373. la vogue – fashion
  374. la pelouse – lawn
  375. vide – vacant (void)
  376. la banderole – banner
  377. périmé – expired (expiré)
  378. la profusion – richness
  379. le sable – sand
  380. bitumineux – oil-bearing
  381. lier – to relate (link)
  382. récolter – to collect (take in)
  383. le loup – wolf (carnivorous mammal)
  384. le lévrier – Greyhound
  385. la sonde spatiale – space probe
  386. rocailleux – stony
  387. renvoyer – to send back
  388. contenir – to hold (contain)
  389. le constat – official report
  390. la roche – rock (made of rock)
  391. rétablir – to re-establish
  392. le cliché – plate
  393. révéler – to reveal (information)
  394. recueillir – to gather (gather information)
  395. le désastre – disaster (misfortune)
  396. médiatique – media-related
  397. le nomade – land-rover
  398. l’ échantillon – specimen / sample
  399. le sol – soil (territory)
  400. domicile – home
  401. l’ émeute – riot (disorder)
  402. écoper – to bail out
  403. la comparution – appearance (law)
  404. le sursis – probation (law)
  405. atteint – affected (medicine)
  406. obéir – to obey
  407. le champ – field (piece of land)
  408. l’ entrailles – insides (plural)
  409. le troupeau – flock (of sheep)
  410. la corbeille – basket
  411. la huche – bin (bread bin)
  412. ordonner – to order
  413. le grenier – loft (attic)
  414. entreprise – undertaking
  415. le peuple – people (inhabitants) plural (inhabitants)
  416. combler – to satisfy (fulfil)
  417. la queue – queue / tail
  418. la malédiction – curse (malediction)
  419. maudit – cursed
  420. la peste – plague (serious infection)
  421. l’ airain – antique bronze
  422. la poussière – dust (dirt / earth)
  423. la poudre – powder
  424. l’ effroi – fear (terror)
  425. le royaume – kingdom (king’s domain)
  426. le cadavre – corpse
  427. la pâture – food
  428. l’ aveugle – blind (person)
  429. l’ âne – donkey (ass)
  430. la cuisse – thigh (leg part)
  431. l’ ulcère – fester (suppurating sore)
  432. guérir – to heal (get better)
  433. la plante – sole of the foot
  434. la pierre – rock (stone)
  435. l’ étonnement – amazement (astonishment)
  436. la raillerie – ridicule
  437. la semence – seed
  438. la sauterelle – locust (grasshopper)
  439. le ver – worm
  440. oindre – to anoint
  441. engendrer – to father (create a child)
  442. le prodige – wonder
  443. la soif – thirst (need)
  444. le joug – yoke (oppressive power)
  445. l’ aigle – eagle (Zoology)
  446. le blé – wheat
  447. ôter – to remove (take out)
  448. verras – you (singular) will see
  449. verrez – you (plural) will see
  450. la noce – wedding party
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      Comments»

      1. Building My Pinyin List « Tower of Confusion - April 10, 2007

      […] have added 450 words to my French vocabulary list, 150 words more than my original target. In order not to overload myself, I will keep the same […]

      2. redeffd - July 18, 2008

      give me a vocab!!!

      3. candice - January 26, 2009

      how do u say “im afraid so ” in french

      4. Edwin - January 26, 2009

      I’m afraid so = J’ai peur que si.
      But this is too liternal. I would just say “mais si”.

      My new blog address:
      http://www.towerofconfusion.com/


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