desto

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See also: destò

Danish[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

desto

  1. the
    jo større den bliver, desto hårdere bliver den
    the larger it becomes, the harder it becomes

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German des diu, from the Old High German genitive case and instrumental case forms of das, "the, it" respectively. Compare Dutch des te and English the (second etymology: the ... the).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdɛsto/
  • (file)

Conjunction[edit]

desto

  1. the (forming the parallel comparative with je)
    Synonym: umso
    Je mehr, desto besser!The more the better!
    Je eher, desto besser!The sooner the better!

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Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Unsuffixed past participle of destare (to awaken).

Participle[edit]

desto (feminine desta, masculine plural desti, feminine plural deste)

  1. (archaic) past participle of destare

Adjective[edit]

desto (feminine desta, masculine plural desti, feminine plural deste)

  1. awake

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

desto

  1. first-person singular present indicative of destare

References[edit]

  1. ^ desto in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German desto.

Adverb[edit]

desto (also functioning as a conjunction)

  1. (used before a comparative with jo to express comparison) even, all the more
    Vel, han røyker jo mye, men drikker desto mer.Well, he does smoke a lot, but drinks even more.
  2. (forming the parallel comparative with jo) the, more
    Jo mer jeg tenker over det, desto merkeligere virker det.The more I think about it, the stranger it seems.

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German desto.

Adverb[edit]

desto (also functioning as a conjunction)

  1. (used before a comparative to express comparison) all the better, all the more
    Vel, han røykjer jo mykje, men drikk desto meir.
    Well, he does smoke much, but drinks all the more.
  2. the more (forming the parallel comparative with jo, compare German section)
    Jo meir eg tenkjer over det, desto merkeligare verkar det.
    The more I think about it, the stranger it seems.

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

  • preposition de + determiner esto

Contraction[edit]

desto

  1. (obsolete) of this

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

German desto

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

desto

  1. the, all the (with a comparative)
    Vi äter inte mycket, men dricker desto mer.
    We don't eat much, but drink all the more.
    1. forming a parallel comparative with ju
      ju mer, desto bättrethe more, the better

Usage notes[edit]

  • Colloquially, desto as a parallel comparative is sometimes replaced by a second ju: "Ju mer, ju bättre."

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