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Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali
an indef artindefinite article: a, an (a, one) (maschile)un, uno art
  (femminile)una art
 Harry likes an omelette for breakfast.
 Harry mangia volentieri un'omelette per colazione.
an indef artindefinite article: a, an (each, per) (maschile: per, ogni)al, allo prep
  il, lo art
  (femminile: per, ogni)alla prep
  la art
 Music lessons cost one hundred dollars an hour.
 Le lezioni musicali costano cento dollari all'ora
 Le lezioni musicali costano cento dollari l'ora
an indef artindefinite article: a, an dated, formal (a: before certain words) (maschile)un, uno art
  (femminile)una art
 This is an historic moment.
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Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali
a,
A
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
(first letter of alphabet) (alfabeto)a nf
 Apple begins with an "a".
 * Arancia inizia con la "a".
a,
an
indef artindefinite article: a, an
(indefinite article) (art. indeterm. maschile)un, uno art
  (art. indeterm. femminile)una art
Nota: "an" would be used before a vowel sound.
 There's a monster under my bed.
 C'è un mostro sotto il mio letto.
a nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (one: before a number) (quantità approssimata)un art
 He must have a thousand books.
a,
an
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
([sth] hypothetical, non-specific) (art. indeterm. maschile)un, uno art
  (art. indeterm. femminile)una art
 I like a challenge.
 
Traduzioni aggiuntive
a indef artindefinite article: a, an ([sb] called) (con nome proprio maschile)un certo, un tale
  (con nome proprio femminile)una certa, una tale
 A Mr Smith asked to speak to you.
A nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (grade) (scuola: voto massimo)A nf
  (scuola: voto massimo)dieci nm
 I got an "A" in my history test.
 Nel compito in classe di storia ho preso una "A".
 Nel compito in classe di storia ho preso dieci.
A nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (music: note) (nota musicale)la nm
 The song begins on an A.
 La canzone inizia con un La.
a,
A
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
(music: key) (nota musicale)la nm
 They're playing Grieg's piano concerto in A-minor tonight.
 Stasera suonano il concerto per pianoforte di Grieg in La minore.
A nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (blood type) (gruppo sanguigno)A nm
 My blood type is A.
a,
A
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
(indicating a subdivision) (accanto a un numero)A
 What's the answer to question 3a?
A nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (indicating house number) (indirizzo, accanto al numero civico)A
 Who lived at 221A Baker Street?
A nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. abbreviation (answer) (abbreviazione: risposta)R abbr
 Q: Who wrote "Hamlet"? A: William Shakespeare
a,
an
preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours."
(per, every, each) (distributivo)a prep
Nota: "an" is used before a vowel sound.
 The speed limit in residential areas is 30 miles an hour.
 Il limite di velocità nelle zone residenziali è 30 chilometri all'ora.
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Compound Forms/Forme composte
an | a
an arm and a leg nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. slang, figurative (high price, high cost) (informale)uno sproposito nm
  (informale)un'enormità nf
  (informale, idiomatico)un occhio della testa nm
 No, the price is too high - he wants an arm and a leg for that old car.
 No, il prezzo è troppo alto, vuole un occhio della testa per quella vecchia macchina.
an average una media nf
an awful lot nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal (great amount or number) (informale: quantità)un mucchio, un sacco nm
 There are an awful lot of violets growing among the rhubarb.
 Ci sono un mucchio di violette che crescono tra il rabarbaro.
an ear for  (figurato: per la musica)orecchio per nm
an early bird nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative (person: rises early)persona mattiniera nf
 My husband's an early bird, but I find it hard to get out of bed in the morning.
 Mio marito è una persona mattiniera, ma per me è difficile alzarmi dal letto di mattina.
an eternity nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal, figurative (forever) (figurato: tanto tempo)eternità nf
 It's been an eternity since we last saw you!
 È un'eternità che non vi vediamo!
an existence un'esistenza nf
an eye for an eye nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative (revenge) (idiomatico)occhio per occhio nm
 He destroyed his rival's creation, saying it was an eye for an eye.
 Distrusse l'opera del suo rivale, dicendo che era occhio per occhio.
an eye for an eye nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative (justice)legge del taglione nf
 For murder I believe an eye for an eye is fair punishment.
 Per l'omicidio credo che la legge del taglione sia una punizione giusta.
an uphill struggle nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative ([sth] difficult and tiring) (figurato)una strada in salita nf
  (informale)una faticaccia nf
as an alternative to [sth] preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (instead of)al posto di, invece di prep
  in alternativa a prep
 Soy milk can be used as an alternative to cows' milk for some recipes.
 In certe ricette si può usare il latte di soia invece del latte bovino.
as an approximation approssimativamente avv
as an example ad esempio, per esempio
as an excuse come scusa
as an instance ad esempio, per esempio
at an angle advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (diagonally, obliquely)inclinato agg
 He hung the picture up without a spirit level so it was at an angle.
at an early hour advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (early in the morning) (figurato: presto)di buon'ora loc avv
 My grandmother had the custom of rising at an early hour.
at an end adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (finished, over)al termine loc agg
  finito agg
 Economists think the recession is at an end.
at an impasse adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." figurative (at a standstill, at a dead end)in un'impasse
  (figurato)a un punto morto, in un binario morto
 We can't agree on the terms of the contract; we're really at an impasse.
be an expert at  (essere esperti in qualcosa)intendersi di v rif
  essere pratico di, essere esperto di vi
be an expert at  (essere esperti in qualcosa)intendersi di v rif
  essere pratico di, essere esperto di vi
be an instant success,
be an overnight success
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
(be immediately popular)avere un successo immediato vtr
 The TV show proved to be an instant success.
before an audience advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in front of people)davanti alla folla
 I hate speaking before an audience; I get stage fright and stammer over my words.
 * Il premier parlò davanti alla folla festante.
  in pubblico
 * Per la prima volta si esibirà in pubblico.
  davanti a un pubblico, di fronte a un pubblico
 * Fece la sua dichiarazione davanti a un pubblico di trenta persone.
bring [sth] to an end vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (conclude, finish)portare a conclusione, portare a termine vtr
 The conference was brought to an end in the late afternoon.
 * Dovremmo cercare di portare a termine il progetto prima della fine dell'anno.
can't teach an old dog new tricks  (proverbio)le abitudini acquisite col tempo difficilmente si cambiano
cancel an order cancellare un ordine vtr
champion an idea v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (support a project, plan)promuovere un'idea vtr
  supportare un'idea vtr
  (formale)patrocinare un'idea vtr
 Mary championed the idea of increasing recycling at her company.
 Mary ha promosso l'idea di aumentare il riciclaggio nella sua azienda.
close an account chiudere un conto vtr
come to an agreement v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (decide mutually)raggiungere un accordo vtr
 The two men came to an agreement over the price of the secondhand car.
come to an agreement with [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (resolve a dispute)raggiungere un accordo con vtr
  giungere a un accordo con vi
  (informale)mettersi d'accordo con v rif
 It was a long hard battle but we finally came to an agreement with each other.
 È stata una lunga e dura battaglia, ma alla fine abbiamo raggiunto un accordo.
come to an agreement with [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (agree to terms) (una persona con un'altra persona)mettersi d'accordo con v rif
  (due persone tra loro)mettersi d'accordo v rif
 I came to an agreement with my ex-wife that I would watch the kids on the weekends.
 Mi sono messo d'accordo con la mia ex moglie che nei fine settimana tengo io i bambini.
 Io la mia ex moglie ci siamo messi d'accordo che nei fine settimana tengo io i bambini.
come to an end v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (conclude)giungere al termine, giungere alla conclusione vi
  finire, terminare vi
 All good things must come to an end.
 Tutte le cose belle devono giungere al termine.
come to an end v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be resolved)finire, terminare vi
 With some therapy your internal conflict could finally come to an end.
 Con un po' di terapia il suo conflitto interiore potrebbe finalmente finire.
commit an offence commettere un reato vtr
conduct an experiment v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (test [sth] scientifically)condurre un esperimento vtr
conduct an inquiry v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (hold investigation)condurre un'inchiesta, svolgere un'inchiesta vtr
 The committee will conduct an inquiry into the governor's alleged fraud.
 La commissione condurrà un'inchiesta circa le accuse di frode al governatore.
decline an invitation v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (turn down a request to attend [sth])declinare un invito vtr
 Would it be rude of us to decline their invitation?
 Sarà scortese da parte nostra declinare il loro invito?
dollars an hour nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (number of dollars per hour: rate of pay) (tariffa oraria)dollari l'ora nmpl
 I receive 10 dollars an hour for baby-sitting.
 Prendo 10 dollari l'ora per fare la baby sitter.
draw to an end v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (finish)giungere al termine vi
 The war gradually drew to an end.
express an opinion esprimere un'opinione vtr
extend an invitation estendere un invito vtr
eye for an eye  (idiomatico)occhio per occhio
face of an angel nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (sweet and innocent appearance) (figurato: viso innocente)faccia d'angelo nf
 She was evil to the core but she had the face of an angel.
 Era malvagia fino all'osso ma aveva una faccia d'angelo.
flower-of-an-hour  (botanica)fiore di un'ora nm
for an age  (figurato: per molto tempo)per un'eternità
form an alliance allearsi v rif
  fare un'alleanza, formare un'alleanza vtr
form an opinion v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (decide what you think)farsi un'opinione, farsi un'idea v rif
 I don't think I have enough information to form an opinion yet.
 Non penso di avere abbastanza informazioni per farmi un'opinione.
free [sb] from an obligation viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (release [sb] from a duty)esonerare qlcn da un obbligo, sollevare qlcn da un obbligo vtr
 He's been taking care of his elderly parents for years; finally, his siblings have decided to free him from that obligation by taking on more responsibility themselves.
free yourself from an obligation viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (avoid having to fulfil a duty)liberarsi da un obbligo v rif
gain an understanding of [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (learn about)cominciare a capire qlcs vi
 After playing he began to gain an understanding of the game.
 Solo dopo aver provato a giocare ha cominciato a capire come funziona il majong.
get an agent procurarsi un'agente v rif
get an impression capire qlcs vtr
  rendersi conto di qlcs v rif
give an account of fare un resoconto di qlcs vtr
give an idea of  (seguito da verbo)dare l'idea di vtr
give an impression of  (seguito da verbo)dare l'impressione di vtr
give an introduction fare un'introduzione vtr
give an opinion dare un'opinione, esprimere un'opinione vtr
give an opinion (judge) (dare un'opinione)giudicare vtr
go to an early grave v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (die young)morire giovane vi
  (figurato)morire prima del tempo vi
 Callum is going to an early grave if he doesn't adopt a healthier lifestyle.
half an hour nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (30 minutes)mezz'ora nf
 It only takes me half an hour to get ready in the morning.
 La mattina mi serve solo mezz'ora per prepararmi.
have an abortion abortire vi
have an account with [sth/sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (bank with) (banca)avere un conto presso vtr
 I have an account with Lloyds Bank.
 Ho un conto presso la Lloyds Bank.
  (banca)avere un conto a vtr
 Ho un conto alla banca popolare.
have an account with [sth/sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (have a credit account with: a business) (credito)avere un conto aperto vtr
 I have an account with the university bookshop on the High Street.
 Ho un conto aperto con la libreria dell'università perché sono un cliente abituale e affezionato.
have an edge v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (be better)essere in vantaggio su qlcn vi
 He always uses superior materials in order to have an edge on the competition.
 Lui usa sempre materiali superiori per essere in vantaggio sulla concorrenza.
have an effect v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (make an impact)avere effetto vtr
  essere efficace vi
 Advertising takes a lot of money to have an effect.
 La pubblicità richiede molto denaro per avere effetto.
have an eye for [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (notice) (figurato)avere occhio per qlcs vtr
 The painter has an eye for detail.
 Il pittore ha occhio per i dettagli
have an eye for [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." slang (be attracted)essere attratto da qlcn vi
 That guy has an eye for the ladies.
have an idea viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (invent or devise [sth])avere un'idea vi
 I have an idea that will surprise you.
 Ho un'idea che vi sorprenderà.
have an idea of viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (have some notion, understanding of)avere un'idea di qlcs, avere idea di qlcs vi
 Do you have an idea of how many people will be coming to the party?
 Hai un'idea di quante persone verranno alla festa?
have an impression v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (have vague idea) (seguito da subordinata)avere la vaga impressione che vtr
 I have an impression of her as a bit irresponsible.
 Ho la vaga impressione che Sara sia un po' irresponsabile.
have an impression v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (suspect) (seguito da subordinata)avere l'impressione che vtr
  (seguito da subordinata)avere il sospetto che vtr
have an in avere influenza su qlcn vtr
have an inkling that,
have an inkling [sth]
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
(suspect, sense)sospettare, presagire vtr
  (seguito da subordinata)avere il presentimento che, avere la sensazione che, avere il sospetto che vtr
  (seguito da subordinata)avere il sospetto che vtr
 We had an inkling that the film might be a success, but we weren't sure.
have an off day v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (perform poorly) (figurato, informale)essere in una giornata no vtr
 He is normally a great performer, but I think he was having an off-day.
 Di solito è un ottimo artista, ma penso che oggi fosse in una giornata no.
  (figurato, informale)avere una giornata no vtr
 Di solito è un ottimo artista, ma penso che oggi avesse una giornata no.
have an opportunity viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (have a chance to do [sth](seguito da verbo)avere l'opportunità di vtr
 I've had the opportunity to travel the world.
 Ho avuto l'opportunità di girare il mondo
have an understanding viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (have an informal agreement)fare un patto, fare un accordo vtr
 My wife and I have an understanding: she does the cooking and I do the washing up.
 Io e mia moglie abbiamo fatto un patto: lei cucina ed io lavo i piatti
in an emergency advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in a case of urgent need)in caso di emergenza
in an exclusive way advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (showing elitism)in modo esclusivo loc avv
in an instant advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (very quickly)all'istante avv
 The phone rang and he answered it in an instant.
 Il telefono squillò e all'istante sollevai la cornetta.
  (informale)in un battibaleno, in un baleno loc avv
  in un istante, in un attimo loc avv
 * Aspettami, sarò lì in un battibaleno.
in an offhand way advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (casually) (figurato)su due piedi loc avv
 One of the customers complained that the waiter had treated him in an offhand way.
in an underhand manner advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in a deceitful or dishonest way)in maniera subdola loc avv
 He is behaving in an underhand manner, going out with his best friend's girlfriend without him knowing.
 * Il tuo nuovo amico non mi piace perché si comporta in un modo molto equivoco, direi quasi disonesto.
in an uproar in tumulto
  (figurato: tumulto)in agitazione
issue an injunction v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (law: put out a restraining order) (formale, legale)emettere un'ingiunzione vtr
 The celebrity was relieved when the judge issued an injunction against her stalker.
keep an eye on [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (watch [sth] carefully) (figurato)tenere d'occhio qlcs vtr
 When cooking soufles, you need to keep an eye on them so they don't fall.
 Quando cuoci un soufflé, devi tenerlo d'occhio perché non si sieda.
keep an eye out for [sth/sb] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (remain vigilant for) (figurato)stare in guardia contro, stare in guardia da vi
  (figurato)tenere gli occhi aperti per vtr
 It's important to keep an eye out for dangerous snakes in the bush. Keep an eye out for a parking spot.
 È importante stare in guardia contro i serpenti pericolosi nel sottobosco.
 Tieni gli occhi aperti per trovare un parcheggio.
keep an open mind avere una mente aperta
launch an attack,
launch an attack on [sth/sb]
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
(military: begin combat) (tecnico, militare)lanciare un attacco vtr
 Prepare to launch an attack, men.
 Uomini, prepararsi a lanciare un attacco.
launch an attack,
launch an attack on [sth/sb]
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
(criticize harshly)lanciare un attacco, attaccare vtr
 The newspaper article launched an attack on the president and his policies.
 L'articolo di giornale ha lanciato un attacco al presidente e alle sue politiche.
lend an ear v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative, dated (listen to [sb](figurato: ascoltare qlcn)dare udienza vtr
 When I need someone to talk to, Patricia is always willing to lend an ear.
lend an ear to [sb],
lend [sb] an ear
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
figurative, dated (listen)ascoltare vtr
  (informale)tendere l'orecchio a vtr
 Friends, Romans and countrymen lend me your ears. (Shakespeare)
lodge an appeal v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (object formally to a legal ruling)ricorrere in appello vi
make an adjustment v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (amend)aggiustare, regolare vtr
 I need to make an adjustment to this belt as it's too loose.
 Devo regolare questa cinta, è troppo larga.
make an announcement v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (declare [sth] publicly)fare un annuncio vtr
 The Prime Minister made an announcement about taxation in the House of Commons yesterday. May I have your attention? - I'd like to make an announcement.
 Ieri il Primo Ministro ha fatto un annuncio riguardante le tasse nella Camera dei Comuni. Posso avere la vostra attenzione? Vorrei fare un annuncio.
make an appearance v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (be present, show up)fare una comparsa vtr
 The singer made an appearance at the charity concert. I wonder if the bride's ex-boyfriend will make an appearance at the wedding?
 Il cantante fece una comparsa al concerto di beneficenza.
make an appearance v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (perform: appear on stage, etc.)apparire, comparire vi
  presentarsi v rif
 Mi chiedo se l'ex ragazzo della sposa si presenterà al matrimonio.
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