dire

 /diʀ/

Inflections of 'dire' (n): fpl: dires

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Principal Translations/Principales traductions
dire vtr (prononcer)say, state vtr
 Le professeur lui demande de dire son nom.
dire vtr (communiquer)tell vtr
 Il m'a dit qu'il viendrait me voir demain.
 He told me he'd come and see me tomorrow.
dire vtr (réciter)recite vtr
 say vtr
 joke, storytell vtr
 L'élève dit le poème qu'il a appris.
dire vtr (prétendre)say vtr
 claim vtr
 Il dit étudier beaucoup mais je ne le crois pas.
dire vtr (indiquer)say, state vtr
 Ce rapport dit qu'il était absent de son poste pendant 1 heure.
 The report says he was away from his work-station for an hour.
dire à qqn de faire qch vtr (demander qch à qqn)tell [sb] to do [sth] vtr
 Dis-lui de m'apporter mon sac.
se dire v pron (s'employer)be said expr
 Ce genre de choses, ça ne se dit jamais.
 This sort of thing is not said.
se dire v pron (penser)think vtr
 say to yourself expr
 Je me suis dit que je pourrais partir plus tôt.
 
Additional Translations/Traductions supplémentaires
dire nm (allégation, parole)claim n
 everything said n
 Il ne faut pas croire tous les dires du quartier.
se dire v pron (se prétendre)say you are expr
 claim to be expr
 claim you are expr
 Il se dit envoyé par le directeur.
 He says he was sent by the boss.
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Compound Forms/Formes composées
à dire vrai loc advin truth, to tell the truth, in fact loc adv
 literaryif truth be told loc adv
à vrai dire to tell the truth expr
 literaryif truth be told expr
autant dire let's just say expr
 formalsuffice it to say expr
avant que j'aie eu le temps de dire ouf before I had the chance to draw breath
avoir coutume de dire vbe in the habit of saying [sth], be accustomed to saying [sth] v
avoir son mot à dire have your say, have [sth] to say v
C'est dire ! colloquialit goes to show
c'est le cas de le dire You can say that again
C'est le moins qu'on puisse dire ! That is the least that can be said!
 That is the least one can say!
 To say the least!
c'est malheureux à dire colloquialit's sad to say, it's sad but true to say
C'est peu de le dire ! That's putting it mildly
c'est pour dire that's for sure
 that's saying something
 Even I can play better than him, that's saying something.
c'est-à-dire loc adv (autrement dit)that is, in other words expr
 formalthat is to say expr
 i.e. abbr
 namely adv
 C'est une course en solitaire, c'est-à-dire sans équipage et sans assistance.
 It's a solo race; that is without a crew or any help.
ça veut dire it means
 that means
 meaning
Ça veut dire quoi ?, Qu'est-ce que ça veut dire ? What does that mean?
cela va sans dire, ça va sans dire It goes without saying
Comment dire ...? How can I put it? How can I say…?
difficile à dire adjdifficult to say, hard to say adj
dire à qui veut entendre vtrsay to whoever wants to hear v
dire amen à tout loc (tout accepter)agree to everything loc
dire blanc puis noir vicontradict yourself vi
dire bonjour à qqn say hello to [sb]
 Be polite, say hello to the lady.
dire des âneries talk nonsense, make silly remarks v
dire des bêtises talk nonsense, talk rot, talk rubbish v
dire des mots doux à qqn vwhisper sweet nothings to [sb] v
dire des obscénités viswear obscenities vi
dire deux mots à qqn vhave a word with [sb] v
dire du mal de qqn speak evil of [sb], speak badly about [sb] v
dire du mal de qqn derrière son dos say bad things about [sb] behind his/her back v
dire en face vtrsay to his face v
dire la vérité tell the truth
dire la vérité truth telling
dire le plus grand bien de vspeak highly of v
dire le plus grand mal de vspeak ill of v
dire les choses en face visay things to [sb]'s face v
dire les grâces say grace
dire merde à vtell [sb]/[sth] to go to hell v
 UKstick two fingers up at v
dire n'importe quoi talk nonsense, say whatever (comes into one's head) v
 UK, colloquialtalk rubbish, talk rot v
 say anything old thing v
dire non say nay
dire non say no
dire non à say no to
dire oui say aye
dire oui say yes
dire ses quatre vérités à qqn vtell [sb] a few home truths, give [sb] a piece of your mind v
dire tout et son contraire vimake conflicting arguments, contradict yourself
dire tout haut ce que tout le monde pense tout bas visay (out loud) what everyone is thinking
dire un mot à qqn vhave a word with [sb] v
dire vouloir vtrsay you want vtr
 Il dit vouloir changer les choses.
 He says he wants to change things.
en dire des vertes et des pas mûres vi familier colloquialsay a lot of nasty things about
en dire long sur say a lot about
 His clothes say a lot about his upbringing.
en moins de temps qu'il ne faut pour le dire colloquialin two shakes of a lamb's tail, in less time than it takes to say it
 quickly
entend-on souvent dire it is often said, we often hear
s'entendre dire being told in no uncertain terms v
entendre dire que hear say that
et dire que and to say that
facile à dire easy to say
faire dire à qqn convey to [sb] v
 pass on to [sb] v
il faut dire que it must be said, it should be said
il n'y a pas à dire there's no doubt about it
 what can you say, you have to admit it
Je me tue à te le dire ! I keep trying to tell you
 I've been trying to tell you
 Pas besoin d'aller faire les courses, j'y suis déjà allée ! Ça fait une heure que je me tue à te le dire.
 You don't need to go shopping. I've already been, as I keep trying to tell you!
 You don't need to go shopping. I've already been, as I've been trying to tell you for the past hour!
je ne sais pas quoi te dire I don't know what (else) I can say to you
 I don't know what (else) I can tell you
Je ne te le fais pas dire !, Je ne vous le fais pas dire ! Tell me about it!
 You don't need to say that twice!
je tiens à dire que + [indicatif] I wish to say that
 I wish to express that
ne pas avoir le temps de dire ouf have no time to breathe v
ne pas pouvoir en dire autant vinot say the same thing for… v
 Unfortunately, I cannot say the same (thing) for him.
ne pas se le faire dire deux fois not need to be told twice v
on a coutume de dire we always say, we would say, it is always said
 we are in the habit of saying, it is generally said
On peut se dire tu ? traduction non disponible
Note: Irrelevant in English
ouï-dire nm invhearsay
parler pour ne rien dire talk for the sake of talking v
passer dire bonjour vidrop by to say hello vi
plus facile à dire qu’à faire easier said than done
pour ainsi dire so to speak
 as it were
 in a manner of speaking
pour ne pas dire not to say, not to mention
 Ma patronne est difficile, pour ne pas dire sadique !
 My boss is difficult, not to say a sadist!
pour tout dire to be honest
pour tout vous dire to be completely frank with you
 to be completely honest with you
Que dire ? What is there to say?, What can you say?
s'accorder à dire que agree to say v
 Tout le monde s'accorde à dire que cet acteur est beau mais qu'il n'a aucun talent.
sans avoir eu le temps de dire ouf before one knew what had hit one
 before one had the time to say anything
 datedbefore one had the time to say Jack Robinson
sans rien dire without saying anything
se dire au revoir say goodbye to each other v
se dire que v trreflect
se laisser dire have heard it said
se plaire à dire like to say v
si je puis dire if I may say so
si l'on peut dire so to speak
 as it were
toute vérité n'est pas bonne à dire the truth is sometimes better left unsaid
Tu ne crois pas si bien dire ! If only you knew how right you are!
vouloir dire mean, want to say, want to express vtr
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