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From Late Latin caballicāre, present active infinitive of caballicō, from Latin caballus.


  • IPA(key): /ka.valˈ
  • Rhymes: -are
  • Hyphenation: ca‧val‧cà‧re


cavalcàre (first-person singular present cavàlco, first-person singular past historic cavalcài, past participle cavalcàto, auxiliary avere)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) to ride (a horse) [auxiliary avere]
  2. (transitive, figuratively, by extension) to sit astride on
  3. (transitive, archaic, by extension) to pass by (a place) with a horse
  4. (transitive) to take advantage of (a situation created by someone else); to be opportunistic; to ride the wave
  5. (figuratively, transitive) to span (to traverse the distance between, of a bridge etc.)
    Synonym: attraversare
    • 2019 June 4, Luigi Ippolito, “Trump cavalca la Brexit: «Faremo accordi fenomenali»”, in Corriere della Sera[1]:
      Trump cavalca la Brexit: «Faremo accordi fenomenali»
      Trump jumped on the Brexit bandwagon: "We will make phenomenal agreements"
  6. (transitive, vulgar, slang) to make, have (sexually)


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