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WordReference English-Italiano Dictionary © 2019:

Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali
IngleseItaliano
to-do nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal (fuss, commotion) (informale)un gran da fare nm
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Compound Forms/Forme composte
IngleseItaliano
able to do [sth] exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." (capable of doing)essere capace di fare [qlcs] vi
  in grado di fare [qlcs] loc agg
  potere fare [qlcs] vtr
 The only people able to afford to buy a house in this area are millionaires.
 Le uniche persone che possono permettersi una casa in questa zona sono i milionari.
be able to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (can, have the ability to do)essere in grado di fare [qlcs], essere capace di fare [qlcs], riuscire a far [qlcs] vi
 Claire wasn't able to reach the jar on the top shelf.
 Claire non era in grado di raggiungere il barattolo sulla mensola più alta.
be about to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (on the point of doing)sul punto di fare [qlcs] prep
  (formale)in procinto di fare [qlcs] prep
 I was just about to step into the bath when the doorbell rang.
 Ero sul punto di entrare nella vasca quando hanno suonato alla porta.
ache to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (yearn, long to do)agognare di fare qcls, desiderare ardentemente di fare [qlcs], bramare di fare lqcs vtr
  (formale)anelare di fare [qlcs] vi
 When it's this cold, I ache to go to the Bahamas.
 Quando viene così freddo desidero ardentemente andare alle Bahamas.
actuate [sb],
actuate [sb] to do [sth]
vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
(motivate [sb] to do [sth])spronare a, stimolare a vtr
adjure [sb] to do [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (appeal or command: [sb] to do [sth])comandare solennemente, esortare solennemente vtr
admonish [sb] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (warn [sb] about doing [sth])invitare con forza a fare [qlcs] vtr
  ammonire vtr
 The judge admonished the witness to tell the truth.
 Il giudice invita il testimone con forza a dire la verità.
advise [sb] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (counsel [sb] to do)consigliare a [qlcn] di fare [qlcs], consigliare [qlcs] a [qlcn] vtr
  suggerire a [qlcn] di fare [qlcs], suggerire [qlcs] a [qlcn] vtr
 I advised him to eat before the flight.
 Gli ho consigliato di mangiare prima del volo.
afford to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (have enough money) (economicamente)permettersi di fare [qlcs] v rif
Nota: "Afford" in this sense usually follows a derivative of "can."
 Now that I'm unemployed I can't afford to go on holiday.
 Ora che sono disoccupato non posso permettermi di andare in vacanza.
afford to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (be able to do) (essere in grado)permettersi di fare [qlcs] v rif
  essere in grado di fare [qlcs] vi
Nota: "Afford" in this sense usually follows a derivative of "can."
 The army cannot afford to fight on two fronts at once.
 L'esercito non può permettersi di combattere su due fronti contemporaneamente.
afford to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (risk) (rischiare)permettersi vtr
Nota: "Afford" in this sense usually follows a derivative of "can" or "be able to."
 He can't afford to let her speak badly of him.
 Non può permettersi che lei parli male di lui in giro.
afraid to do [sth] adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (hesitant)avere paura a fare [qlcs], avere paura di fare [qlcs] vtr
 I'm afraid to jump from the bridge into the river.
 Ho paura a saltare dal ponte nel fiume.
agree to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (consent)acconsentire a fare [qlcs], accettare di fare [qlcs] vi
 Olivia's parents agreed to let her go to the party.
 I genitori di Olivia hanno acconsentito a lasciarla andare alla festa.
aim to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (intend, aspire) (volere)intendere vtr
 When I play, I aim to win.
 Quando gioco, intendo vincere.
allow [sb],
allow [sb] to do [sth]
vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
(let: [sb](permettere)lasciare vtr
  permettere vtr
 Will your parents allow you to go to the dance?
 I tuoi genitori ti lasceranno andare a ballare?
allow [sth],
allow [sth] to do [sth]
vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
(enable by neglect)lasciare, far sì vtr
 By not applying the handbrake, he allowed the car to roll down the hill.
 Non azionando il freno a mano ha lasciato che la macchina se ne andasse giù per la discesa.
allow [sb/sth] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (make possible to do)permettere, consentire vi
 The new tramline will allow residents of this neighbourhood to reach the city centre in just ten minutes.
allow me to do [sth] interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" (offer)mi permetta inter
 Miss, allow me to open the door.
 Signorina, mi permetta di aprirle la porta.
anticipate [sth] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (expect)attendersi, aspettarsi v rif
  prevedere vtr
 The doctor anticipated the results of the blood work to arrive on Tuesday, but they were delayed.
 Il dottore aveva previsto che i risultati delle analisi del sangue arrivassero martedì, ma la loro consegna è stata posticipata.
be anxious to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be eager)essere ansioso di fare [qlcs], essere impaziente di fare [qlcs] vi
 The avid fans were anxious to meet their favorite author.
 I fans appassionati erano ansiosi di incontrare il loro scrittore preferito.
appeal to [sb] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (ask)fare appello a [qlcn] affiché faccia [qlcs], fare appello a [qlcn] perché faccia [qlcs] vtr
 The Senator appealed to his fellow legislators to vote for more aid to the poor.
 Il senatore ha fatto appello ai suoi legislatori perché votino per ulteriori aiuti ai poveri.
appear to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (seem to do) (seguito da verbo)sembrare vi
 Jenny appears to know what she's doing.
 Jenny sembra sapere cosa sta facendo.
arrange to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (schedule)organizzarsi per fare [qlcs] v rif
  accordarsi per fare [qlcs], mettersi d'accordo per fare [qlcs] v rif
 I haven't seen you in a very long time. We should arrange to do something.
 Non ci vediamo da un sacco di tempo. Dovremmo organizzarci per fare qualcosa insieme.
arrange for [sb] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (make preparations) (evento)organizzare, combinare vtr
  (persona)far venire, trovare, chiamare vtr
  provvedere a, far sì che
 They arranged for a babysitter to take care of the children.
 Hanno fatto venire una baby sitter che tenesse i bambini.
be arsed to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." UK, vulgar, slang (willing to make effort)desideroso agg
Nota: Used in the negative, in questions, or when there is doubt.
 The story's quite good so far, but I don't think I can be arsed to read the whole thing.
 La storia non è male finora, ma non posso dire di essere desideroso di leggerla tutta.
ask [sb] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (request that [sb] do [sth])chiedere a [qlcn] di fare [qlcs], richiedere a [qlcn] di fare [qlcs] vtr
 My sister asked me to pass the salt.
 Mia sorella mi ha chiesto di passarle il sale.
aspire to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (aim to do [sth])aspirare a, ambire a vi
 I aspire to master at least one foreign language.
 Ambisco a padroneggiare almeno una lingua straniera.
assent to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (consent, agree to do [sth](formale)acconsentire a fare [qlcs] vi
  accettare di fare [qlcs] vtr
 She said that she had never assented to marry the man.
 Disse che non aveva mai acconsentito a sposare l'uomo.
assign [sb] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (charge with a task)incaricare vtr
 They assigned Cheri to bake cookies for the luncheon.
 Cheri è stata incaricata di preparare i biscotti per il pranzo.
at liberty to do [sth] adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (unconstrained)libero di fare [qlcs] loc agg
  autorizzato a fare [qlcs] loc agg
 The police were not at liberty to discuss details of the case with the press.
 La polizia non era autorizzata a discutere dei dettagli del caso con la stampa.
attempt [sth],
attempt to do [sth]
vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
(try)provare a, tentare di, cercare di vtr
 I will attempt to talk to him on Monday.
 Proverò a parlargli lunedì.
authorize [sb] to do [sth],
also UK: authorise [sb] to do [sth]
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
(permit officially to do)autorizzare [qlcn] a fare [qlcs] vtr
 Marla authorized her assistant to file the papers with the city.
 Marla ha autorizzato il suo assistente a schedare le pratiche della città.
badger [sb] into doing [sth],
badger [sb] to do [sth]
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
(pester to do [sth])assillare, tampinare vtr
 My children badgered me into taking them to the playground.
 I miei figli mi hanno assillato per portarli al parco giochi.
be allowed to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (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 led to do [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be prompted)essere indotto a fare [qlcs] v
 We were led to believe that the chemical was not dangerous, but it turned out to be highly toxic.
 Siamo stati indotti a credere che il composto chimico non fosse pericoloso, ma si è rivelato essere altamente tossico.
be out to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (aim, be determined to)volere a tutti i costi fare [qlcs], avere intenzione di fare [qlcs] vtr
 The candidate is out to make her opponent look weak and unreliable.
be set to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be ready to: do [sth])essere pronto per vi
 We were all set to leave, but Ann made us wait while she looked for her cell phone.
 Eravamo pronti a partire, ma Ann ha dovuto cercare il suo cellulare e ci ha fatto aspettare.
be to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be supposed to do [sth])dover fare [qlcs] vi
 Students, you're to arrive at 8:00 so that we can take a group photo.
 Studenti, dovete arrivare alle 8.00 così possiamo fare la foto di gruppo.
be willing to do [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (agree freely to)essere disposto, essere propenso vi
 I'm willing to finish the report myself, but you'll have to give me more time.
 Sono disposto a finire io stesso il rapporto, ma devi darmi più tempo.
be wont to do,
be wont to do [sth]
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
formal (be in the habit of doing)avere l'abitudine di fare [qlcs] vtr
beckon [sb] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (call, summon to do)chiamare, invitare vtr
  fare cenno vtr
 The king beckoned his servant to bring him a drink.
 Il re fece cenno al servo affinché gli portasse da bere.
beg [sb] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (plead with [sb] to do [sth])implorare [qlcn] di fare [qlcs], supplicare [qlcn] di fare [qlcs] vtr
  pregare [qlcn] di fare [qlcs], scongiurare [qlcn] di fare [qlcs] vtr
 She begged her parents to buy her the toy.
 Ha implorato i suoi genitori di comprarle il giocattolo.
begin to do [sth] vi + prep (start: to do)cominciare a fare [qlcs], iniziare a fare [qlcs] vtr
 The water began to boil in the pan.
 L'acqua nella pentola ha iniziato a bollire.
behoove [sb] to do [sth] (US),
behove [sb] to do [sth] (UK)
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
(be right or necessary)essere necessario fare [qlcs], essere doveroso fare [qlcs] vi
bend over backward to do [sth] (US),
bend over backwards to do [sth] (UK)
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
figurative (make every effort) (figurato)farsi in quattro per fare [qlcs] v rif
 Linda bent over backwards to please her boss.
 Linda si faceva in quattro per soddisfare il capo.
beseech [sb] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." literary (beg with [sb] to do)implorare, supplicare vtr
 The thief beseeched the king to spare him execution.
 Il ladro implorò il re di evitargli l'esecuzione.
best able to do [sth] exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." (most capable of)il più adatto a, il più adatto per agg
 The promotion should go to the one best able to handle the responsibility.
 La promozione dovrebbe essere data al più adatto a fronteggiare la responsabilità.
bid for [sth],
bid to do [sth]
vi + prep
(offer services) (concorso, appalto, ecc.)presentare un'offerta, fare un'offerta vtr
 Three construction companies are bidding for the prestigious contract.
 Tre imprese di costruzione stanno presentando un'offerta per quel prestigioso contratto.
bid [sb] (to) do [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." formal, dated (direct, command)ordinare a [qlcn] di fare [qlcs] vtr
  (ordinare)dire a [qlcn] di fare [qlcs], chiedere a [qlcn] di fare [qlcs] vtr
 When your mother bids you tidy your room, do so.
 Quando tua madre ti ordina di pulire la stanza, fallo.
bid fair to do [sth],
bid fair to be [sth]
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
(seem likely)sembrare probabile vi
born to [sth],
born to do [sth]
adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
(having natural talent for [sth](figurato: talento)nato per, fatto per agg
  con un talento naturale per loc agg
 She was born to sing.
bother to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (make an effort)preoccuparsi di fare [qlcs], degnarsi di fare [qlcs] v rif
 He didn't bother to answer the email.
 Non si è preoccupato di rispondere alla mail.
bothered to do [sth] adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." informal (willing to make effort)preoccuparsi di fare [qlcs], scomodarsi a fare [qlcs], disturbarsi a fare [qlcs] v rif
  scomadato agg
 I'm trying to decide whether I can be bothered to get up today.
 Sto cercando di decidere se scomodarmi ad alzarmi dal letto oggi.
 Sto cercando di decidere se posso essere scomodato dal letto oggi.
bound to do [sth] adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." figurative (more than likely to do [sth])essere destino che, essere probabile che vi
 You left your wallet on the table; someone was bound to steal it.
 Hai lasciato il portafoglio sul tavolo; era destino che qualcuno te lo rubasse.
bound to do [sth] preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." informal (likely or certain to)inevitabilmente, di sicuro, sicuramente, senz'altro, senza dubbio avv
 That boy is so reckless, he's bound to end up in jail.
 Quel ragazzino è un impunito, finirà senz'altro in galera prima o poi.
  essere destinato a fare [qlcs] vi
 Quel ragazzino è un impunito, è destinato a finire in galera prima o poi.
break your neck to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (make effort) (figurato)sudare sette camicie vtr
  (figurato)lavorare pancia a terra vi
 We broke our necks to get our candidate elected.
 Abbiamo sudato sette camicie per far eleggere il nostro candidato.
bring [sb] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (persuade [sb])portare [qlcn] a fare [qlcs], far sì che [qlcn] faccia [qlcs] vtr
 Her speech brought us to accept her point of view.
 Il suo discorso ci ha portato ad accettare il suo punto di vista.
bring yourself to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (force yourself to do [sth])costringersi a fare [qlcs] v rif
Nota: Usually used in the negative
 I can't bring myself to see a film that's that violent.
calculated to do [sth] adj + prep (intended)studiato per agg
 Il rivestimento è studiato per resistere fino a 300 gradi centigradi.
call on [sb] to do [sth],
call upon
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]
(request that [sb] do [sth](favore, richiesta)chiedere a vtr
  chiedere a [qlcn] di fare [qlcs] vtr
can stand doing [sth],
also US: can stand to do [sth]
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
(be able to tolerate)accettare di fare [qlcs], tollerare [qlcs] vtr
Nota: Often used in negative sentences.
 If you can stand to wait another 10 minutes, I'll walk you home. I can't stand seeing you so unhappy.
 Se accetti di aspettare altri 10 minuti, ti accompagno a casa.
can't be arsed to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." UK, vulgar, slang (unwilling to make effort) (informale)non avere nessuna voglia vtr
 I've lost the remote control and I can't be arsed to get up and change the channel.
 Ho perso il telecomando e non ho nessuna voglia di alzarmi a cambiare canale.
can't be bothered to do [sth] adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." informal (unwilling to make effort) (informale)non avere tempo da perdere con [qlcs] vtr
cannot choose but do [sth],
cannot choose but to do [sth]
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
(have no choice except to do)non avere altra scelta che fare [qlcs] vtr
care to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be inclined)avere voglia di vi
  (informale)andare a [qlcn] di fare [qlcs] vi
 I don't really care to play golf today.
 Non ho voglia di giocare a golf oggi.
 Oggi non mi va di giocare a golf.
careful to do [sth],
careful about doing [sth]
adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
(making sure to do [sth])attento nel fare [qlcs], cauto nel fare [qlcs], prudente nel fare [qlcs] agg
 He was careful about mentioning his ex-girlfriend.
 Era molto cauto nel nominare la sua ex ragazza.
cause [sb/sth] to do [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (prompt)fare in modo che [qlcn/qlcs] faccia [qlcs], fare sì che [qlcn/qlcs] faccia [qlcs] vtr
 The cat ran out into the road, causing her to swerve and crash the car.
 Il gatto si è fiondato sulla strada facendo sì che sterzasse bruscamente e andasse a sbattere.
caution [sb] to do [sth] vtr + prep (warn)avvertire [qlcn] di fare [qlcs], avvisare [qlcn] di fare [qlcs] vtr
  mettere in guardia dal fare [qlcs] vtr
 The teacher cautioned her students not to talk to strangers.
 L'insegnante ha messo in guardia gli studenti sui pericoli del parlare agli sconosciuti.
cease to do [sth] vi + prep (stop)cessare di fare [qlcs], smettere di fare [qlcs] vi
certain to do [sth] exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." (bound, sure to do)sicuro di fare [qlcs], certo di fare [qlcs] agg
 Lisa is certain to pass her exams. She's been studying so hard.
 Lisa è sicura di passare gli esami; ha studiato molto.
challenge [sb] to do [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (demand)pretendere che [qlcn] faccia [qlcs], esigere che [qlcn] faccia [qlcs] vtr
  (figurato)sfidare [qlcn] a fare [qlcs] vtr
 I challenge you to tell the truth!
 Pretendo che tu mi dica la verità!
be champing at the bit to do [sth],
be chafing at the bit to do [sth],
also US: chomp
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
figurative (person: be impatient) (idiomatico)non vedere l'ora di fare [qlcs] vtr
  (idiomatico)non stare nella pelle all'idea di fare [qlcs] vi
 I'm champing at the bit to go on my vacation.
charge [sb] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (order)incaricare [qlcn] di fare [qlcs] vtr
 I charge you to look after the house properly while I am away.
 Ti incarico di custodire bene la casa mentre sono via.
choose to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (decide, prefer)decidere di, scegliere di vi
 He chose to become an architect.
 Ha deciso di diventare architetto.
claim to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (achievement, identity: assert)sostenere di fare [qlcs], affermare di fare [qlcs] vtr
 Hyazinth claimed to be the heir to the English throne.
 Hyazinth ha sostenuto di essere l'erede al trono d'Inghilterra.
club together to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (share cost)dividere le spese per fare [qlcs] vtr
 The students clubbed together to buy a present for their teacher.
coach [sb] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (sports: teach [sb](sport)allenare [qlcn] a fare [qlcs] vtr
 Bill coached the boys to pass the ball better.
 Bill allenava i ragazzi a passare meglio la palla.
coach [sb] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (teach, assist)aiutare [qlcn] a fare [qlcs], assistere [qlcn] in [qlcs] vtr
 The father coached the mother to breathe as she delivered the baby.
 Il padre durante il parto aiutava la madre a respirare.
coax [sb] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (persuade, entice to do)persuadere [qlcn] a fare [qlcs] vtr
  convincere [qlcn] a fare [qlcs] vtr
 They coaxed me to join them for the weekend.
 Mi hanno convinto ad andare con loro nel weekend.
combine to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (unite to have an effect)unirsi per fare [qlcs], mettersi insieme per fare [qlcs] v rif
come back to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (return in order to do [sth])ritornare per fare [qlcs] vi
command [sb] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (order to do)ordinare a [qlcn] di fare [qlcs] vtr
  comandare vtr
  dare ordine di vtr
 The general commanded the troops to attack.
 Il generale ordinò alle truppe di attaccare.
committed to do [sth] adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (obliged)obbligato, vincolato agg
 She was committed to speak at the conference that morning.
 Era obbligata a tenere un discorso alla conferenza del mattino.
compel [sb],
compel [sb] to do [sth]
vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
(force: [sb])costringere, obbligare vtr
 The threat of being fired compelled Tricia to tell the truth about what she saw.
 La minaccia del licenziamento costrinse (or: obbligò) Tricia a raccontare ciò che aveva realmente visto.
be compelled to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be forced, obliged)essere costretto a, essere obbligato a vi
feel compelled to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (feel obliged) (fare qualcosa)sentirsi obbligato a v rif
condescend to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (do [sth] demeaning)abbassarsi a fare [qlcs] v rif
condition [sb],
condition [sb] to do [sth]
vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
(brainwash, affect behaviour) (influenzare)condizionare, suggestionare vtr
 Politicians are conditioning the people to accept the policy.
 I politici stanno condizionando la gente ad accettare la politica.
consent to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (agree to do [sth])acconsentire a fare [qlcs] vi
 Ross consented to take a lie detector test.
 Ross acconsentì a sottoporsi alla macchina della verità.
conspire to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (plot together)cospirare, complottare vi
 The three conspired to steal the famous painting.
 I tre cospirarono per rubare il famoso dipinto.
conspire to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (events: coincide) (figurato: concorrere)cospirare vi
 Events have conspired to keep us apart these past few months.
 Gli eventi hanno cospirato per tenerci separati negli ultimi mesi.
constrain [sb] to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (force, restrict [sb])obbligare, costringere vtr
 I would love to work abroad, but my family responsibilities constrain me to stay in this country.
 Mi piacerebbe molto lavorare all'estero, ma le mie responsabilità familiari mi costringono a restare in questo paese.
constrained to do [sth] adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (forced to do [sth])obbligato a fare [qlcs], costretto a fare [qlcs] agg
 Ann felt constrained to come to the party even though she didn't want to.
 Ann si sentiva obbligata ad andare alla festa anche se non ne aveva voglia.
content to do [sth],
content with doing [sth]
adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
(satisfied)contento di fare [qlcs], felice di fare [qlcs], lieto di fare [qlcs] agg
 She was content to hear about his promotion.
 Era contenta di sapere della sua promozione.
continue to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (carry on)continuare a vi
contrive to do [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (find a way, arrange to do [sth](informale)riuscire a fare [qlcs] vtr
  trovare il modo di fare [qlcs] vtr
 They somehow contrived to arrive hours earlier than we did.
 Sono riusciti in qualche modo ad arrivare ore prima di noi.
convince [sb] to do [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (influence to act) (spingere all'azione)persuadere, spingere vtr
 A letter from his mother convinced him to come home after years abroad.
 Una lettera della madre lo aveva persuaso a tornare a casa dopo anni all'estero.
count on [sb] to do [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 (trust, rely on)contare sul fatto che [qlcn] farà [qlcs] vi
 You can count on her to be on time.
 Puoi contare sul fatto che lei sarà puntuale.
covenant to do [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." formal (promise: in a contract)impegnarsi a fare [qlcs] v rif
 The Employer covenants to pay the Contractor the stipulated sum.
 Il datore di lavoro si impegna a pagare all'appaltatore la somma stabilita.
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