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From Late Latin battere, variant of Latin battuere (to beat, hit), present active infinitive of battuō.




  1. (transitive) to beat, patrol, batter, strike or hit
    Synonyms: colpire, percuotere; see also Thesaurus:battere
    battere il ferroto strike the iron
    1. (transitive, by extension) to beat (move with pulsation)
      Synonym: pulsare
    2. (transitive, intransitive, by extension) to tresh (separate grain)
  2. (transitive) to defeat, to overcome, to beat
    Synonyms: vincere, sconfiggere, superare, sbaragliare, abbattere, polverizzare
    mi ha battutohe beat me
  3. (transitive) to strike (a time)
    Synonyms: rintoccare, scandire, ritmare, suonare
    l'orologio batte le trethe clock strikes three
  4. (transitive) to type
  5. (transitive, by extension) to input the price (of an item) into a cash register
  6. (transitive) (of a body part) to hit repeatedly
    battere le manito clap (one's hands)
    battere i pugnito slam one's fists
    battere gli occhito blink repeatedly
    battere i dentito chatter (one's teeth)
  7. (transitive) to stub (jam or hit a body part)
  8. (transitive) to frequent or hang out at (a place)
    Synonyms: percorrere, perlustrare, esplorare, ispezionare, rastrellare, frequentare, bazzicare, girare
    battere il nightto frequent the nightclub
  9. (transitive) to mint; to coin
    battere monetato coin (literally, “mint a coin”)
  10. (transitive) to prostitute
    Synonyms: prostituirsi, vendersi
  11. (transitive) to award in an auction
  12. (transitive) to compact a snowpack
  13. (transitive, hunting) to beat (strike to drive out game)
  14. (transitive, by extension) to chase (prey)
  15. (transitive, by extension) (of a police force) to patrol; to scour
  16. (transitive, card games) to play (a card)
  17. (transitive, card games) in the game of baccarà, to reveal (the cards)
  18. (transitive, sports) to serve
  19. (transitive, music) to mark the tempo (of a musical composition)
  20. (intransitive) (with contro, in, or su) to bump (into); (with con) to bump into something (with)
    Synonyms: sbattere, urtare, cozzare
  21. (intransitive) (with su or contro) to fall (on/over) violently; to hit
    la piove batte sui vetrithe rain is hitting the glass
  22. (intransitive) (also with su) (of a light source, especially the sun) to illuminate; to shine
    Synonym: picchiare
  23. (intransitive) to knock
    Synonym: bussare
  24. (intransitive) (with su) to insist; to hammer
    Synonyms: insistere, perseverare


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