potere

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *potēre, ultimately from Latin posse, present active infinitive of possum. The Latin infinitive potēre was formed analogically in post-classical Latin from the basis of potens, potentis, the present participle of possum (4th century, found in the Vetus Latina).

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Verb[edit]

potere

  1. (transitive, intransitive) can, could; be able to
  2. (transitive, intransitive) may, might; be possible to

Conjugation[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

This verb is omitted when translating verbs relating to the senses.

  • You are able to do it. ― Lei lo può fare. (uses potere)
  • She is able to swim. ― Sa nuotare. (uses sapere)
  • I am able to see it. ― Lo vedo. (omitted)

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Noun[edit]

potere m (plural poteri)

  1. power

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