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what pronpronoun: Replaces noun--for example, "He took the cookie and ate it." "I saw you yesterday." (question: tell me)che cosa, cosa pron
   (informale)che pron
 What do you want to eat?
 Che cosa vuoi mangiare?
what adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (which)che, quale pron
 What make is your car?
 Di che marca è la tua macchina?
what pronpronoun: Replaces noun--for example, "He took the cookie and ate it." "I saw you yesterday." (that which is)cosa nf
  ciò che, quello che cong
 What surprises me is that the dog ever found its way home.
 La cosa che mi sorprende è che il cane trovava sempre la strada di casa.
 Ciò che mi sorprende è che il cane trovava sempre la strada di casa.
what interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" (repeat what you said)cosa, che cosa pron
  come inter
 What? I can't hear you.
 Cosa? Non ti sento.
 Come? Non ti sento.
what interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" (expressing surprise)che cosa, cosa pron
 What! You didn't really do that?
 Che cosa?! Non l'avrai fatto per davvero?
 
Additional Translations
what advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (to what extent?)che cosa, cosa, che avv
 What do you care?
 Che t'importa?
what advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (to what degree?)quanto avv
 What will you suffer for that useless person you love so much?
 Quanto vuoi soffrire per quella persona inutile che ami così tanto?
what advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (introduces prepositional phrase)a causa di prep
 What with the storms and flight delays, he arrived home after midnight.
 A causa dei temporali e dei ritardi aerei, è arrivato a casa dopo mezzanotte.
what pronpronoun: Replaces noun--for example, "He took the cookie and ate it." "I saw you yesterday." (health)che cosa, cosa, che pron
 What hurts? Is it your kidney?
 Che cosa ti fa male? È il rene?
what pronpronoun: Replaces noun--for example, "He took the cookie and ate it." "I saw you yesterday." (character)che agg
  come avv
 What is he like? Can he be trusted?
 Che tipo è? Ci si può fidare?
 Com'è? Ci si può fidare?
what pronpronoun: Replaces noun--for example, "He took the cookie and ate it." "I saw you yesterday." (identity)che cosa, cosa, che pron
 What is that?
 Cos'è quello?
what pronpronoun: Replaces noun--for example, "He took the cookie and ate it." "I saw you yesterday." (occupation)che agg
 What do you do for a living in the winter?
 Che lavoro fai d'inverno?
what pronpronoun: Replaces noun--for example, "He took the cookie and ate it." "I saw you yesterday." (worth)quale pron
  che pron
 What is its value?
 Qual è il suo valore?
 Che valore ha?
what pronpronoun: Replaces noun--for example, "He took the cookie and ate it." "I saw you yesterday." (importance)che cosa, cosa, che pron
 What does it matter?
 Cosa importa?
what pronpronoun: Replaces noun--for example, "He took the cookie and ate it." "I saw you yesterday." (motive)che cosa, cosa, che pron
 What are you trying to accomplish?
 Che cosa stai cercando di ottenere?
what pronpronoun: Replaces noun--for example, "He took the cookie and ate it." "I saw you yesterday." (object: that which)quello, ciò pron
 He did what I told him to do.
 Ha fatto quello che gli ho detto di fare.
what pronpronoun: Replaces noun--for example, "He took the cookie and ate it." "I saw you yesterday." (subject: questions)quale, qual pron
 What is your name?
 Qual è il tuo nome?
what pronpronoun: Replaces noun--for example, "He took the cookie and ate it." "I saw you yesterday." (how much?)quale, qual pron
 What is the price?
 Qual è il prezzo?
what pronpronoun: Replaces noun--for example, "He took the cookie and ate it." "I saw you yesterday." UK, dated (Don't you agree?)vero? inter
  no? inter
 She's an absolutely lovely girl, what!
 È una ragazza assolutamente adorabile, vero?
 È una ragazza davvero simpatica, no?
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Compound Forms/Forme composte
according to what he says advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." informal (as stated or reported by him)a detta sua
  a suo dire
 According to what he says, his name is John Smith.
and God knows what advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." informal (and [sth] unknown)e Dio sa cosa
 I sent him out to do the shopping and he came back with a new TV and God knows what.
 L'avevo mandato a fare la spesa e mi è tornato con un televisore nuovo e Dio sa cos'altro.
and what have you advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." informal (and the like, and similar)e quant'altro
and what not advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." informal (and the like, and similar)e cose di questo genere
at what price a quale prezzo
at what time a che ora
Be careful what you wish for exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." ([sth] desirable may have a downside)Attento ai tuoi desideri.
  Fai attenzione a quello che desideri.
but what can you do exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." informal (expressing resignation)cosa ci vuoi fare inter
come what may advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (whatever happens)accada quel che accada
 I'll remain happy come what may.
 Accada quel che accada io sarò sempre al tuo fianco.
do what is needed v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (take necessary action)fare ciò che è necessario, fare ciò che bisogna fare vtr
 I know you don't want to put her in a home, but you have got to do what is needed.
 Capisco che tu non voglia metterla in un ospizio, ma devi fare ciò che è necessario.
do what is right fare la cosa giusta
Do what there is to do. viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (Take the necessary action.)fare quello che va fatto, fare ciò che c'è da fare vtr
 Non si deve aver paura di fare quello che va fatto.
do what you can viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (do everything possible)fare quello che si può vtr
 Ho fatto quello che potevo per farti assumere, ora tocca a te.
do what you have to do fai quello che devi fare
do what you like v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (do whatever you wish to do)fare come si crede vi
do with what you've got v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (cope with available resources)arrangiarsi v rif
for what it's worth advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." informal (in my opinion)per quello che vale, per quel che vale, per ciò che vale
for what reason advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (why)per quale ragione, per quale motivo avv
 For what reason are you two hours late arriving home after dark?
 Non so per quale ragione io mi trattenga dal metterti le mani addosso.
get what you deserve v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (receive appropriate rewards)ricevere il giusto riconoscimento vtr
get what you deserve v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (suffer consequences of actions)avere quello che si merita vtr
God knows what Dio solo sa
guess what interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" informal (used to announce news)indovina?, indovina un po'?, sai cosa? inter
 Guess what, I got the job!
have what it takes viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." expr (be able or qualified for [sth])avere quel che ci vuole, avere la stoffa, avere i numeri vtr
 Do you have what it takes to become a soldier?
 È molto creativa, ma non sono sicura che abbia quel che ci vuole per lottare e sopravvivere nel mondo della moda.
in what way advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (how)in quale modo avv
 Mi chiedo in quale modo potrei riuscire a far valere le mie ragioni.
just what the doctor ordered nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative, informal ([sth] needed and welcomed)proprio quello che ci voleva
know not what v literary (do not know what)non sapere cosa vtr
 They have something planned for my birthday, I know not what.
 Stanno preparando qualcosa per il mio compleanno, non so cosa.
mean what you say v (speak sincerely)dire sinceramente vtr
no matter what advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (whatever)a qualunque costo, a tutti i costi avv
  in ogni caso avv
Say what! interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" (expressing astonishment or outrage)cosa?! escl
see what can be done v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (learn what is possible)vedere di fare il possibile vtr
see what can be done v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (try to find a solution)vedere quello che si può fare, vedere quello che si riesce a fare vtr
so what? interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" informal (I don't care)e allora?
 Okay, so I look fat in these jeans – so what?
so what! interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" informal (who cares?)e allora?, e quindi?
 So you made a minor mistake! So what!
so what else is new interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" informal (expressing lack of surprise)e allora che c'è di nuovo
to what extent conjconjunction: Connects words, clauses, and sentences--for example, "and," "but," "because," "in order that." (the degree to which)fino a che punto, fino a che grado
 To what extent do you think this program will affect young people?
 Fino a che punto pensi che questo programma influenzi i giovani?
to what extent advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (to what degree)in che misura
what a ...!   (esclamativo)quanto ...!
what a drag! (how boring or what a nuisance)  (very informal)che palle!
what a life (exclamation)che vita!
what a life! interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" (expressing despair or exasperation)che vita!, che vita grama! inter
what a mess! (exclamation)che confusione! excl
what a pity (too bad)che peccato
what a pity! interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" informal (expressing disappointment)peccato!, che peccato! inter
 What a pity! He had so much potential!
 Peccato! Lui aveva tanto potenziale!
what a shame! interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" informal (expressing disappointment)che peccato!, peccato! inter
 Oh what a shame! I can't go to the party because I have a bad cold.
 Che peccato! Non posso andare alla festa perché ho un brutto raffreddore.
What about …? (used to offer a suggestion)che ne diresti di?, che ne pensi di?
What are you doing? che stai facendo?
what are you up to che stai combinando?
what do I care? interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" (I don't care)  (colloquiale)che cosa me ne frega?, chi se ne frega!, chissenefrega! inter
What do you do? exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." (What is your job or profession?)che lavoro fai?
what do you know Cosa ne sai?
what do you know! interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" informal (expressing surprise)chi l'avrebbe mai detto!
 Hey, what do you know! We got here on time after all!
what do you know? interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" informal (you have no right to comment)che ne sai tu? inter
 You haven't done it, so what do you know?
what does it matter? interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" (I don't care)cosa importa!, chi se ne importa!
what else is new Cos'altro c'è di nuovo?
what else is new? cos'altro c'è di nuovo?
what for a che scopo
what for? informal (why? to what purpose?)perché?, a che scopo?, a che pro?
 You bought another hat? What for? You already have lots.
 Hai comprato un altro cappello? Perché? Ne hai già un sacco.
what goes up must come down ciò che sale deve scendere
what have you nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. slang (the rest, et cetera)  (informale)e compagnia bella
  e così via
what have you done? Cos'hai combinato? v
what if conjconjunction: Connects words, clauses, and sentences--for example, "and," "but," "because," "in order that." (supposing)supponiamo che, mettiamo che, e se
 What if she never comes back?
what is contained cosa è contenuto, cosa c'è dentro
what is more advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (moreover, in addition)inoltre avv
What is this? cos'è questo?
what is to come ciò che deve succedere
what lies ahead? interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" (what will happen in the future)che cosa ci aspetta?
what on earth interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" informal (expressing incomprehension)cosa mai, cosa diavolo inter
 What on earth are you trying to do coming in yelling at me?
what on earth pronpronoun: Replaces noun--for example, "He took the cookie and ate it." "I saw you yesterday." informal (what)cosa mai, cosa diavolo
what on the earth are you doing? che diavolo stai facendo?
what the deuce interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" informal, euphemism, dated (expressing surprise or bewilderment)  (colloquiale, intensificatore)che diavolo, che cavolo, che diamine
what the d***ens interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" euphemism, dated (expressing surprise or bewilderment)  (colloquiale)diamine, diavolo, cavolo inter
what the f*** interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" slang, vulgar (expressing incomprehension)  (volgare)che cazzo!
what the f*** pronpronoun: Replaces noun--for example, "He took the cookie and ate it." "I saw you yesterday." slang, vulgar (what)  (volgare: che cosa)che cazzo, che minchia agg
 'What are you doing' 'What the f*** do you think I'm doing?'.
 Cosa stai facendo? "E che cazzo pensi che stia facendo secondo te?!"
what the f*** ...?   (volgare)ma che minchia ...? interj
What the f***? interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" slang, vulgar (expressing incomprehension or incredulity)  (volgare)che cazzo!
what the heck ma che diavolo, ma che cavolo
what the hell pronpronoun: Replaces noun--for example, "He took the cookie and ate it." "I saw you yesterday." slang (what)  (colloquiale: che cosa)che diavolo, che cavolo agg
 I'm not sure what the hell's been happening here, but you've got some explaining to do!
 Che diavolo di animale era quello?
what the hell interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" slang (incomprehension)  (colloquiale)che cacchio, che cavolo
 What the hell is going on here?
 Che cavolo sta succedendo qui?
what the hell pronpronoun: Replaces noun--for example, "He took the cookie and ate it." "I saw you yesterday." slang (whatever)quello che diavolo, quello che cavolo, quello che cacchio
  il cavolo che, il cacchio che
 You can do what the hell you want. See if I care.
 Puoi fare quello che cavolo vuoi, non me ne frega niente.
 Puoi fare il cavolo che vuoi, non me ne frega niente.
what the hell? interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" slang (bewilderment)  (colloquiale)che cacchio è, che cavolo è, che cacchio significa, che diavolo significa, che cavolo significa
 He's taking his pants off now – what the hell?
 Si sta levando le mutande... Ma che cacchio significa?
what time a che ora
what time is it (what is the time)che ore sono
What time is it? exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." (used to ask what hour it is)che ora è?
what time? informal (at what hour?)a che ora?
 What time are you going to bed?
What will be will be exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." (expressing philosophical attitude)sarà quel che sarà
what you are doing ciò che stai facendo
what you are doing? che stai facendo?
what-do-you-call-it   (oggetto di cui non si sa il nome)il coso, il come-si-chiama nm
what-is-it che cos'è
what-you-call-it come lo chiami
what's for lunch? cosa c'è per pranzo?
what's happening cosa sta succedendo
what's happening? exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." (greeting)come va?, come butta?, cosa racconti?
what's more informal (in addition)inoltre, oltretutto avv
 He's ugly and what's more, he's not very nice.
What's new? exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." informal (greeting)come va?, come butta?, cosa racconti?
What's next? interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" informal (expressing disbelief or mild dismay)  (sorpresa, disapprovazione)dove andremo a finire! inter
what's the difference qual è la differenza
what's the difference? che differenza c'è?
what's the difference? qual è la differenza?
What's the matter? (What is wrong?)che c'è?, cosa c'è?, che succede?, qualè il problema?
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