English translation of 'fouiller'
Verb Table transitive verb
1. [lieu, suspect] to search
2. (= creuser) to dig
[archéologue] to excavate
3. (= approfondir) [étude] to go into
Verb Table intransitive verb
1. [archéologue] to excavate
2. (= chercher)
fouiller dans/parmi (= être indiscret) to rummage in/among
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Example Sentences Including 'fouiller'
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Des jeunes gavroches iront fouiller la foule à la recherche des voeux pour le troisième millénaire.Le Monde (1999)
La logique n'est pas de fouiller à tout prix mais de fouiller dans des conditions optimales.Le Monde (1997)
Le regarde sortir un billet de 500, un autre de 200 et fouiller dans sa poche..Mademoiselle s'il vous plaît
Nous, on n'a pas besoin de fouiller dans les poubelles de telle ou telle municipalité.Le Monde (2000)
Personne n'avait envie d'aller fouiller dans les souvenirs.Marie Claire
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'fouiller' in Other Languages
British English: search /sɜːtʃ/ VERB
If you search for something or someone, you look carefully for them. If you search a place, you look carefully for something there.
The police have started searching for the missing men.
Airline staff searched the bag at the airport.
- American English: search
- Arabic: يُفَتِّشُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: procurar
- Chinese: 搜索
- Croatian: tragati
- Czech: pátrat
- Danish: søge
- Dutch: zoeken
- European Spanish: buscar registrar
- Finnish: etsiä
- French: fouiller
- German: suchen
- Greek: ψάχνω
- Italian: cercare
- Japanese: 捜索する
- Korean: 검색하다
- Norwegian: ransake
- Polish: poszukać
- European Portuguese: procurar
- Romanian: a căuta
- Russian: искать
- Spanish: buscar
- Swedish: söka
- Thai: ค้นหา
- Turkish: aramak
- Ukrainian: шукати
- Vietnamese: lục soát
British English: delve VERB
If you delve into something, you try to discover new information about it.
Tormented by her ignorance, she delves into her mother's past.
British English: excavate VERB
When archaeologists or other people excavate a piece of land, they remove earth carefully from it and look for things such as pots, bones, or buildings that are buried there, in order to discover information about the past.
A new expedition is excavating the site in annual summer digs.
British English: rifle VERB
If you rifle through things or rifle them, you make a quick search among them in order to find something or steal something.
I discovered my husband rifling through the filing cabinet.
British English: root VERB
search If you root through or in something, you search for something by moving other things around.
She rooted through the bag, found what she wanted, and headed toward the door.
British English: rummage VERB
If you rummage through something, you search for something you want by moving things around in a careless or hurried way.
They rummage through piles of second-hand clothes for something that fits.
Translation of fouiller from the Collins French to English Dictionary