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See also: carpiré



From Latin carpō (infinitive carpere).


  • IPA(key): /karˈ
  • Rhymes: -ire
  • Hyphenation: car‧pì‧re


carpìre (first-person singular present carpìsco, first-person singular past historic carpìi, past participle carpìto, auxiliary avere) (transitive)

  1. (literary) to strip off or away, often by deceit
  2. (figuratively, by extension) to obtain with cunning or deceit; to do out of; to steal; to snatch
    • 2019, George Orwell, Nicola Gardini, transl., Nineteen Eighty-Four, Mondadori:
      Per quanto astuti, non avevano ancora inventato una tecnica per carpire il pensiero di un altro essere umano.
      With all their cleverness they had never mastered the secret of finding out what another human being was thinking.
      (literally, “As astute as they are, they had not yet invented a technique to obtain the thought of another human being.”)
  3. (archaic or central Italy) to catch; to grab
    Synonyms: prendere, raccogliere; see also Thesaurus:afferrare