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devancer

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Definition: to get/be/arrive/do ahead of

Pour gagner, il faut devancer tous les autres coureurs - To win, you have to get ahead of all the other runners.

Je te devancerai chez nous - I'll get home before you.

J'allais le lui dire, mais Hélène m'a devancé. - I was going to tell him, but Hélène beat me to it.

Related: devant (adv) - in front of; un devancier - precursor

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