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Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali
be viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (condition, state)essere v aus
 He is ill.
 È malato.
be viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (exist)  (esistere)essere v aus
 There was once a princess with very long hair.
 C'era una volta una principessa con dei lunghissimi capelli.
be viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be located)  (trovarsi)essere v aus
  stare v aus
 The butter is on the table.
 Il burro è sul tavolo.
 Il burro sta sul tavolo
be viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (event: occur)  (accadere)essere v aus
 The play is at eight o'clock.
 Lo spettacolo è alle otto in punto.
be viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (equates two noun phrases)  (identifica la professione)essere v aus
   (svolgere una professione)fare vtr
 She is a police officer.
 Lei è una poliziotta.
 Fa la poliziotta
be viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (condition: age)  (età)avere vtr
 He is ten years old.
 Ha dieci anni.
be v auxauxiliary verb: Helping verb--for example, "She is running." "It has been lost." (with present participle: continuous)  (ausiliare)stare v aus
 She is eating her dinner at the moment.
 In questo momento sta cenando.
be v auxauxiliary verb: Helping verb--for example, "She is running." "It has been lost." (with present participle: future)  (verbo al futuro)-
   (verbo al presente)-
 We are playing tennis this weekend.
 Questo weekend giocheremo a tennis.
 Questo weekend giochiamo a tennis.
be v auxauxiliary verb: Helping verb--for example, "She is running." "It has been lost." (with past participle: passive)  (forma passiva)essere v aus
 My wallet was stolen yesterday.
 Ieri mi è stato rubato il portafoglio.
 
Additional Translations
be viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (cost)  (prezzi)essere v aus
   (prezzi, colloquiale)fare vi
 It is seven dollars.
 Sono sette dollari.
 Fanno sette dollari.
be viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (have been: go, gone)  (andare)essere v aus
 I have been to Rome.
 Sono stato a Roma.
be viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (imperative)essere vi
  stare vi
 Be quiet! Be reasonable!
 Sii ragionevole!
 Stai zitto!
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Compound Forms/Forme composte
"be obsessed with,
by"
fissarsi su v rif
about to be   (sta per essere)in procinto di essere
appear to be v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (seem, look)sembrare essere vi
 Ken appears to be very dedicated to his family.
 Ken sembra essere particolarmente devoto alla sua famiglia.
as can be che si può
as it may be come potrebbe essere
as it ought to be adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (correct, proper)come si conviene loc avv
  come si deve
 She completed her inspection and found that everything was as it ought to be.
 Portò a termine la sua ispezione e risultò che tutto era come si conviene.
as it ought to be advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in an ideal state)come dovrebbe essere
 Her speech gave us a vision of the world as it ought to be.
 Il suo discorso ci diede una visione del mondo come dovrebbe essere.
as it should be advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (correct, proper state)come è giusto
  come si conviene
  come si deve
as it should be advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in a desirable state)come dovrebbe essere
as need be advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (when necessary)secondo necessità
  se serve, se è il caso, se c'è bisogno, se bisogna
 There is a hardware store down the road. We can get extra supplies as need be.
 C'è un negozio lungo la strada, possiamo prendere delle provviste se serve.
as the case may be advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (whatever the actual situation)a seconda dei casi, a seconda
be a bargain v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (represent good value, be cheap)un buon affare
  a buon mercato
be a burden pesare vi
be a deal v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (transaction: be agreed)affare fatto
be a fan of (be passionate)  (essere patito di)essere appassionato di adj
be a man v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (male: show strength)  (figurato)essere uomo vi
be a man v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (male: reach adulthood)essere adulto vi
be a part of [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be involved)fare parte di vi
 At school he was part of the football team.
 A scuola faceva parte della squadra di football.
be a party to esser complice
be a party to essere complice di
be a stumbling block to [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (hinder progress)  (figurato)essere un ostacolo per, essere un ostacolo a, essere d'intralcio a vi
   (biblico, letterario)essere pietra d'inciampo vi
be a success v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (achieve popularity)avere successo, riscuotere successo vtr
  essere un successo vi
 The chocolate cake was a real success with the guests.
 La torta al cioccolato ebbe un grande successo tra gli ospiti.
be a total blast v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." slang, figurative (be great fun)  (colloquiale: divertente)essere uno sballo vi
 I can't wait for this weekend, it will be a total blast!
 Non vedo l'ora che arrivi il weekend, sarà uno sballo!
be about [sth] vi + prep (be approximately)  (indicazione di distanza)essere a qlcs circa vi
 Her house should be about a mile past the stop sign.
be about [sth] advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (be near)  (indicazione di tempo)essere circa qlcs vi
 That's about where I left him.
 È all'incirca lì che l'ho lasciato.
be about vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." informal (be present, nearby)essere presente, esserci vi
 Not many people are about today.
be about to (do smtg) accingersi v
be absorbed in essere assorto in/essere assorbito da
be absorbed into [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be integrated, assimilated)essere assorbito in, essere assimilati in vi
 Most ethnic groups are absorbed into the general population within two generations.
 La maggior parte dei gruppi etnici sono assorbiti nella popolazione nel giro di due generazioni.
be accustomed to [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be familiar with [sth])essere abituato a qlcs vi
 I grew up in India, so I am accustomed to spicy food.
 Sono cresciuta in India, quindi sono abituata al cibo piccante.
be accustomed to doing [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be used to doing [sth])essere abituato a fare qlcs vi
be acquainted with fare la conoscenza di
be active essere attivo
be added essere aggiunto
be adequate (convenient)conformare a vi
be adhered to viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (not be deviated from)essere seguito v
  essere rispettato v
 These rules and regulations must be adhered to at all times, or you will face discharge.
 Queste regole e norme devono essere rispettate costantemente, o rischiate l'estromissione.
be affected by   (to feel the effects of)risentire di v
be affected by   (to feel the effects of)subire l'influenza di v
be affected with essere colpito da
be afraid avere paura
be agreed on viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be decided)essere d'accordo su qlcs vi
  concordare su qlcs vi
 It seems we are all agreed on the need for health care reform, but we differ totally on how to implement it.
 Sembra che siamo tutti d'accordo sulla necessità di una riforma del sistema sanitario, ma abbiamo idee totalmente diverse su come realizzarla.
be ahead vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." figurative (have an advantage)essere in vantaggio vi
be aimed at [sth/sb] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be intended for)essere destinato a
  essere previsto per
 This series of videos is aimed at preschool-aged children.
be all alone essere solo come un cane nm
be all over vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." informal (be finished, ended)essere terminato
  finire vi
be allowed to do [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (have permission to)  (avere il permesso)potere vi
  essere permesso, essere consentito vi
 If you do not have your passport, you will not be allowed to enter the country. Once they had finished their exams, the students were allowed to leave.
 Se non hai il passaporto, non puoi entrare nel paese.
 Se non hai il passaporto, non ti sarà consentito di entrare nel paese. Dopo aver finito gli esami, agli studenti è stato permesso di andarsene.
be along   (stare per arrivare)arrivare v
be ambitious essere ambizioso
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
be annihilated essere distrutto
be around [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] informal (constitute or measure approximately)all'incirca, più o meno avv
  circa avv
 It will be around 10pm by the I get back to my home.
 Ora che arrivo a casa si saranno fatte più o meno le 10.
be assimilated into [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be absorbed or integrated into [sth])essere assimilato in qlcs v
  essere integrato in qlcs v
 Foreigners stand out for a while, but then they are assimilated into the host culture.
 Gli stranieri saltano all'occhio per un po', ma ma poi vengono integrati nella cultura del paese.
be assisted by essere affiancato da pp
be attracted by [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (find [sth] appealing)essere attratto da v
 Some women are attracted by men with money.
 Certe donne sono attratte dagli uomini coi soldi.
be away vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." (be absent, be on a trip)essere via, essere assente, non esserci vi
 While the neighbors are away, I make sure that their house is safe.
 Quando i vicini non ci sono sto attento io che la loro casa sia al sicuro.
be back vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." (have returned)tornare, ritornare vi
 I'm back from camp, did you miss me?
be bad at [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (do [sth] poorly or without skill)non essere bravo a qlcs vi
  non andare bene a qlcs vi
  essere scarso in vi
 Why is Britain so bad at tennis?
 Perché il Regno Unito non va bene a tennis?
be barred viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be banned from entering)essere cacciato, essere espulso, essere escluso vi
  non essere ammesso vi
 He has been barred from his local pub because he was involved in a fight there a few months ago.
 Non è ammesso nel bar del suo quartiere perché qualche mese fa è stato coinvolto in una rissa.
be beholden to [sb] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be morally obligated to)essere grato a vtr
 I won't accept the gift because I don't want to be beholden to her.
 Sono grato a mio zio per avermi aiutato.
be bent in half v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." ([sb]: be doubled over)  (figurato)essere piegato in due vi
 When she came in, she was bent in half because of the pain.
 Quando è entrata era piegata in due dal dolore.
be bent in half v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." ([sth]: be folded in two)essere piegato in due vi
 After a freak spring snowstorm, the daffodils were bent in half under the weight of the snow.
 Dopo un'insolita bufera di neve primaverile, i nercisi erano piegati in due sotto il peso della neve.
be bent on doing [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be determined: to do [sth])essere deciso a fare qlcs, essere determinato a fare qlcs vi
 That cousin of yours is bent on doing as much damage as he can.
 Quel tuo cugino è deciso ad arrecare più danni che può.
be bent on [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be determined about [sth])essere determinato in qlcs vi
be blind to essere insensibile a
be called vi + adj (be named)chiamarsi v rif
be called vi + adj (be summoned)essere chiamato, essere convocato vi
be called off   (progetto)rientrare vi
be cancelled   (riunione)saltare vi
be careful interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" (be cautious or prudent)stare attento, fare attenzione vi
 Be careful! You don't know what's out there!
Be careful what you wish for. v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." ([sth] desirable may have drawbacks)traduzione non disponibile
be carried on viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be continued or perpetuated)essere portato avanti v
 After all these years, the business is still being carried on by the founder's great-great-grandson.
 Dopo tutti questi anni, l'azienda è portata avanti ancora dal pro-pronipote del fondatore.
be caught up in [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be engrossed in [sth])  (figurato)essere preso da, essere rapito da vi
 My mother was caught up in her book and didn't notice what we were doing.
 Mia madre era presa dal suo libro e non si è accorta di quello che stavamo facendo.
be caught up in [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (find oneself involved in [sth])essere coinvolto in, essere implicato in v
 Unwittingly, he had got caught up in a corruption scandal inside the company he was working for.
 È rimasto implicato suo malgrado in uno scandalo di corruzione dentro l'azienda nella quale lavorava.
be certain essere certo
be characteristic of caratterizzare vi
be charged for [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (have to pay money for [sth])addebitare vtr
 She was charged for a night's stay when she had, in fact, only had dinner at the hotel.
 Le è stato addebitato un soggiorno di una notte quando in realtà aveva solo cenato nell'albergo.
be charged with doing [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be formally accused by police of doing [sth])essere accusato di vi
 The youth was charged with breaking and entering and also with theft.
 Il giovane era accusato di effrazione e anche di furto.
be compelled to essere costretto a agg
be composed of [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (consist of)essere composto da, essere costituito da vi
 Our group is composed of two professors and three students.
be confronted with [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (have to face [sth])essere messo di fronte a qlcs v
 She broke into tears when she was confronted with her husband's infidelity.
 Scoppiò in lacrime quando fu messa di fronte al tradimento di suo marito.
be connected with [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (have an association or relationship with [sb])essere in rapporto con vi
be connected with [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (have to do with [sth])essere in relazione con qlcs, essere collegato a qlcs, essere connesso a qlcs vi
   (informale)avere a che fare con vi
 The police say this missing-person case seems to be connected with a house fire thirty miles away.
 La polizia dice che questo caso di persona scomparsa sembra essere in relazione con un incendio in una casa a cinquanta chilometri di distanza.
be consumed essere consumato
be contained in essere contenuto in
be controlled by [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (person: be manipulated by [sb])essere manipolato da, essere controllato da, essere comandato da vi
 Stacy is controlled by her husband; she will do anything he wants her to do.
 Stacy è manipolata dal marito, fa tutto quello che vuole lui.
be cramped for room v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (have little space)non avere lo spazio per muoversi vtr
 Our house is so full of junk that we are cramped for room.
 Casa nostra è così piena di roba che non abbiamo neanche lo spazio per muoverci.
be damned essere dannato
be denied [sth] viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (not be permitted [sth])negare qlcs a qlcn v
 He was denied a hunting permit because he didn't have a firearms licence.
 Gli fu negato un permesso di caccia perché non aveva il porto d'armi.
be different   (essere diversi)differire v
be different   (essere diversi)essere diverso v
be disappointed essere deluso
be disappointed in [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (feel let down by [sb])essere deluso da qlcn v
 I was disappointed in her, she had promised to help us, but she did nothing.
 Sono rimasto deluso da lei: aveva promesso di aiutarci, ma non ha fatto niente.
be disappointed with [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (feel [sth] is less good than expected)essere deluso da qlcs v
 I was disappointed with his performance.
 Ero deluso dalla sua performance.
be discarded   (progetto)rientrare vi
be discontinued viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (no longer be manufactured)essere fuori produzione vi
  non essere più prodotto v
 I'm sorry, ma'am; that model of refrigerator has been discontinued. Let me show you our new ones.
 Mi spiace, signora, quel modello di frigorifero è fuori produzione. Le mostro i nostri nuovi modelli.
be dismayed cadere dalle nuvole vi
be distinct from [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be different from [sth])essere diverso da qlcs vi
 Ornithologists decided the cackling goose was distinct from the Canada goose, so they split them into two species.
 Gli ornitologi hanno deciso che l'oca della tundra era diversa dall'oca del Canada, e così le hanno divise in due specie diverse.
be doing stare facendo
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