bene

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bene, from Old English bēn ‎(prayer, request, petition, favour, compulsory service), from Proto-Germanic *bōniz ‎(supplication), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂- ‎(to say, speak). Cognate with Danish bøn ‎(prayer), Swedish bön ‎(prayer), Icelandic bæn ‎(prayer), Icelandic bón ‎(request). Related to ban. See also boon, bee.

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Noun[edit]

bene ‎(plural benes)

  1. (now chiefly dialectal) A prayer, especially to God; a petition; a boon.
    What is good for a bootless bene? — Wordsworth.
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Noun[edit]

bene ‎(uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of benne (sesame)

Afrikaans[edit]

Noun[edit]

bene

  1. plural of been

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Verb[edit]

bene

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of benen

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bene

  1. Synonym of bien

Italian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin bene.

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Adjective[edit]

bene ‎(invariable)

  1. upper-class, posh, high
    Parioli è il quartiere bene di Roma per eccellenza. Parioli is the posh Rome neighborhood par excellence.

Adverb[edit]

bene (comparative: meglio; superlative: benissimo)

  1. well, nicely, OK, right
    Non è necessario spendere una fortuna per mangiare bene. - You don’t need to spend a fortune to eat well.
  2. properly, correctly, rightly
    La mia lavatrice non funziona bene, qualcuno mi può aiutare? - My washing machine isn't working properly, can anybody help me?
  3. thoroughly, carefully
    Leggere bene le istruzioni prima dell'uso. - Read the instructions carefully before use.
  4. as much as, as many as
    Gli agricoltori della Luisiana hanno subito una perdita di ben 450 milioni di dollari a causa dell'uragano Gustav. - Louisiana farmers face lost income of as much as $450 million because of hurricane Gustav.

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Interjection[edit]

bene!

  1. good!; fine!
    Bene! Sono proprio felice che hai avuto delle buone notizie! - Good! I’m so glad you got some good news!

Noun[edit]

bene m ‎(plural beni)

  1. good
    L'eterna lotta tra il bene e il male. The eternal struggle between good and evil.
  2. (chiefly in the plural) goods, property, possessions, belongings, assets
    Dopo il suo secondo infarto, Mario vendette tutti i suoi beni ed andò in Nepal. - Following his second heart attack, Mario had sold all his property and left for Nepal.
  3. sake, good
    Lo faccio per il tuo bene! - I'm doing this for your sake!
  4. happiness
    Auguro ogni bene a te e alla tua famiglia. Wish you and your family every happiness.
  5. sweetheart, darling, love
    Sei il mio bene! - You are my sweetheart!
  6. asset
    Something or someone of any value; any portion of one's property or effects so considered

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Latin *duened, from duenos ‎(good), which gave bonus. More at bonus.

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Adverb[edit]

bene ‎(comparative melius, superlative optimē)

  1. well
    Tibi bene ex animo volo.
    I wish you well with all my heart.
  2. properly, exactly
  3. agreeably, favorably

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References[edit]

  • bene in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • bene in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • BENE in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • bene in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • so-and-so is in a very satisfactory position; prospers: agitur praeclare, bene cum aliquo
    • the matter progresses favourably, succeeds: aliquid (bene, prospere) succedit or procedit (opp. parum procedere, non succedere)
    • for a life of perfect happiness: ad bene beateque vivendum
    • to deserve well at some one's hands; to do a service to..: bene, praeclare (melius, optime) mereri de aliquo
    • I wish you all success in the matter: bene id tibi vertat!
    • you were right in...; you did right to..: recte, bene fecisti quod...
    • to have a good or bad reputation, be spoken well, ill of: bene, male audire (ab aliquo)
    • a good Latin scholar: bene latine doctus or sciens
    • to receive a liberal education: liberaliter, ingenue, bene educari
    • he is a young man of great promise: adulescens alios bene de se sperare iubet, bonam spem ostendit or alii de adulescente bene sperare possunt
    • to inculcate good (bad) principles: bene (male) praecipere alicui
    • to cross-examine cleverly, put leading questions: bene interrogare
    • that Greek proverb contains an excellent lesson: bene illo Graecorum proverbio praecipitur
    • to hope well of a person: bene, optime (meliora) sperare de aliquo (Nep. Milt. 1. 1)
    • a good conscience: conscientia recta, recte facti (factorum), virtutis, bene actae vitae, rectae voluntatis
    • a good conscience: mens bene sibi conscia
    • a moral (immoral) man: homo bene (male) moratus
    • a sound and sensible system of conduct: vitae ratio bene ac sapienter instituta
    • with the help of the gods: dis bene iuvantibus (Fam. 7. 20. 2)
    • and may God grant success: quod deus bene vertat!
    • to bless (curse) a person: precari alicui bene (male) or omnia bona (mala), salutem
    • to manage one's affairs, household, property well or ill: rem bene (male) gerere (vid. sect. XVI. 10a)
    • your health: bene tibi or te!
    • to entertain, regale a person: accipere aliquem (bene, copiose, laute, eleganter, regio apparatu, apparatis epulis)
    • a safe journey to you: bene ambula et redambula
    • good men of business: negotii bene gerentes (Quint. 19. 62)
    • to buy cheaply: parvo, vili pretio or bene emere
    • to have the good of the state at heart: bene, optime sentire de re publica
    • a success; a glorious feat of arms: res bene gesta
    • to win, lose a fight (of the commander): rem (bene, male) gerere (vid. sect. XII. 2, note rem gerere...)
    • I am sorry to hear..: male (opp. bene) narras (de)
  • bene in The Perseus Project (1999) Perseus Encyclopedia[2]
  • bene in William Smith., editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly