year , ⇒ Time units
A n
1 (period of time) an m, année f ; in the year 1789/2000 en 1789/l'an 2000 ; every year/every other year tous les ans/tous les deux ans ; two years ago il y a deux ans ; all (the) year round toute l'année ; during the year au cours de l'année ; over the years au cours des ans or des années ; the year before last il y a deux ans ; year by year d'année en année ; three years running trois ans or années d'affilée or de suite ; year in year out tous les ans, chaque année ; in years to come dans les années à venir ; at the end of the year à la fin de l'année ; I shall retire in two years je prendrai ma retraite dans deux ans ; we hope to build the bridge in two years nous espérons construire le pont en deux ans ; they have been living in Paris for years ils habitent Paris depuis des années, il y a des années qu'ils habitent Paris ; they lived in Paris for years ils ont habité Paris pendant des années ; they will probably live there for years ils y habiteront sans doute pendant des années ; for the first time in years pour la première fois depuis des années ; it was a year ago last October that I heard the news il y a eu un an en octobre que j'ai appris la nouvelle ; it will be four years in July since he died cela fera quatre ans en juillet qu'il est mort ; it's a year since I heard from him je n'ai plus de ses nouvelles depuis un an or il y a un an que je n'ai plus de nouvelles de lui ; from one year to the next d'une année à l'autre ; in all my years as a journalist dans toute ma carrière de journaliste ; to earn £30,000 a year gagner 30 000 livres sterling par an ;
2 (indicating age) to be 19 years old ou 19 years of age avoir 19 ans ; a two-year-old child un enfant de deux ans ; he's in his fiftieth year il est dans sa cinquantième année ;
3 Sch, Univ année f ; to be in one's first year at Cambridge être en première année à Cambridge ; is that boy in your year? est-ce que ce garçon est dans la même année que toi? ;
4 GB Sch (pupil) first/second-year élève mf de sixième/cinquième ;
5 (prison sentence) an m ; to get 15 years être condamné à 15 ans de prison.
B years npl
1 (age) âge m ; from her earliest years dès son plus jeune âge ; a man of your years and experience un homme de votre âge et de votre expérience ;
2 (a long time) (used in exaggeration) but that would take years! ça prendrait une éternité or un siècle! ; it's years since we last met! ça fait un siècle qu'on ne s'est pas vus!
this job has put years on me! ce travail m'a vieilli de 10 ans! ; losing weight takes years off you perdre du poids, ça rajeunit! ; I gave you the best years of my life je t'ai sacrifié les plus belles années de ma vie.

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