spegnere

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Italian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin expingere, from ex- (out) + pingere (paint), with a semantic change from 'remove colour/color' to 'fade, dim', probably influenced by extingere.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈspeɲ.ɲe.re/, (traditional) /ˈspɛɲ.ɲe.re/[2]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɲɲere, (traditional) -ɛɲɲere
  • Hyphenation: spé‧gne‧re, (traditional) spè‧gne‧re

Verb[edit]

spégnere or spègnere (first-person singular present spéngo or (traditional) spèngo, first-person singular past historic spénsi or (traditional) spènsi, past participle spénto or (traditional) spènto, auxiliary avére) (transitive)

  1. to turn off (a light, motor, television, etc.)
    Spegni la luce!
    Turn off the light!
    Antonym: accendere
  2. to extinguish, to put out (a fire, candle, etc.)
    I vigili del fuoco hanno spento le fiamme.
    The firefighters extinguished the flames.
  3. (figuratively) to extinguish (a controversy, debt, one's anger, etc.)
  4. to quench (thirst)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ spegnere in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
  2. ^ spegnere in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)

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