English translation of 'couver'
Verb Table transitive verb
1. [oiseau] to sit on
2. (figurative) [maladie] to be getting ⧫ to be coming down with
couver qn/qch des yeux (avec tendresse) to look lovingly at sb/sth; (avec convoitise) to look longingly at sb/sth
Verb Table intransitive verb
[feu] to smoulder (Brit) ⧫ to smolder (USA)
[révolte] to be brewing
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Example Sentences Including 'couver'
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Bien que rapidement confiné, le feu avait continué à couver jusqu'au 20 septembre.Libération (2002)
Elle était bien capable, sous ses facons limpides, de couver des appétits, des truculences, voire des extravagances.Les anges et les faucons
Il met des sucres " futur " à couver dans le nids des oiseaux.Actuel
La formation d'Ile-et-Vilaine peut un peu plus encore couver des rêves européens.Le Monde (1999)
Méthode cruelle, mais efficace : le produit rend les oeufs étanches et les empêche d'éclore, mais ne dissuade pas les parents de couver.Le Monde (2002)
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'couver' in Other Languages
British English: fester VERB
If you say that a situation, problem, or feeling is festering, you disapprove of the fact that it is being allowed to grow more unpleasant or full of anger, because it is not being properly recognized or dealt with.
Resentments are starting to fester.
British English: incubate VERB
When birds incubate their eggs, they keep the eggs warm until the baby birds come out.
The birds returned to their nests and continued to incubate the eggs.
Translation of couver from the Collins French to English
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