presto

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See also: Presto, prestó, prestò, and přesto

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian presto (quickly).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

presto (not comparable)

  1. (music) Very fast or quickly; a directive for the musician(s) to play in a very quick tempo.

Interjection[edit]

presto

  1. Used by magicians when performing a trick; ta-da; voilà.
    So I put my hand into the hat and presto! Out comes a rabbit!

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Noun[edit]

presto (uncountable)

  1. (poker slang) A pair of fives as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em.

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Catalan[edit]

Verb[edit]

presto

  1. first-person singular present indicative form of prestar

Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈprɛs.to/, [ˈpr̺ɛs̪t̪o]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛsto
  • Stress: prèsto
  • Hyphenation: pre‧sto

Etymology 1[edit]

From Late Latin praestus, from the Latin praestō (at hand, adverb). Compare Catalan prest, French prêt.

Adjective[edit]

presto (feminine singular presta, masculine plural presti, feminine plural preste)

  1. (literary) ready
  2. (literary) fast, quick, nimble

Adverb[edit]

presto

  1. soon
    Synonyms: tra poco, fra poco
    Ritorno presto.I will be back soon.
    Potrebbe piovere presto.It may rain soon.
  2. early
    Synonym: di buon'ora
    Non sono abituata a svegliarmi presto.I'm not accustomed to getting up early.
    Se ne andarono presto.They left early.
  3. quickly
    Synonyms: rapidamente, velocemente
    Spero che ti riprenderai presto.I hope you'll recover quickly.
  4. (music) presto
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Etymology 2[edit]

Deverbal of prestare (to lend).

Noun[edit]

presto m (plural presti) (archaic)

  1. loan
    Synonym: prestito
  2. usury (practice of lending money at excessive interest rates)
    Synonym: usura
  3. pawnshop
    Synonym: banco dei pegni

Etymology 3[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

presto

  1. first-person singular present of prestare

Further reading[edit]

  • presto in Dizionario Italiano Olivetti

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Late Latin praestus, from the adverb praesto. Compare Catalan prest, Italian presto, French prêt. The meaning pertaining to music comes from Italian presto.

Adjective[edit]

presto (feminine singular presta, plural, comparable)

  1. quick, swift, prompt
  2. ready, prepared

Adverb[edit]

presto (comparative mais presto superlative o mais presto)

  1. immediately, promptly
  2. right away, at once
  3. (music) presto

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

presto

  1. First-person singular (eu) present indicative of prestar

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Noun[edit]

presto m (Cyrillic spelling престо)

  1. throne


Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin praestus, from the adverb praesto. Compare Catalan prest, Italian presto, French prêt. The meaning pertaining to music comes from Italian presto.

Adjective[edit]

presto (feminine singular presta, masculine plural prestos, feminine plural prestas)

  1. quick, swift, prompt
  2. ready, prepared

Adverb[edit]

presto

  1. immediately, promptly
  2. (music) presto
  3. right away, at once

Verb[edit]

presto

  1. First-person singular (yo) present indicative form of prestar.