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From Latin stringere, present active infinitive of stringō, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *streyg-.


  • IPA(key): /ˈstrin.d͡ʒ
  • Rhymes: -indʒere
  • Hyphenation: strìn‧ge‧re


strìngere (first-person singular present strìngo, first-person singular past historic strìnsi, past participle strétto, auxiliary avere)

  1. (transitive) to tighten, clasp, grasp, grab
  2. (transitive) (even +a) (of clothing) to be excessively tight
    questa gonna mi stringe alla vita
    this skirt is too tight on my waist
  3. (transitive) to tie around tightly
    la mamma gli ha stretto una benda sul polpaccio
    the mother bound a bandage around his calf
    1. (transitive) (of a seatbelt, etc.) to fasten
  4. (transitive) to hang on to; to hold tightly
    il cavalliere stringe la spada
    the knight is hanging on to the sword
  5. (transitive, figuratively) to form a relationship
    stringere un'amiciziato form a friendship
  6. (transitive, figuratively) to settle on or conclude (a contract, deal, etc.)
  7. (transitive) to scale down or make smaller
    ho chiesto il sarto se lui potesse stringere la camicia
    I asked the tailor if he could scale down the button-down shirt
  8. (transitive) to make more concise; to abridge; to make it snappy
    la maestra gridò, "Meno chiacchiere, stringete!"
    the teacher yelled, "Less chatter, make it quick!"
  9. (transitive) (of time) to be pressing; to run out; to quickly approach a deadline
    dobbiamo muoverci, il tempo stringe
    we better move, time is running out
  10. (transitive) (of sports, especially soccer) to move to the center, towards the goal; to centralize by converging towards the midfield or the opponent's goal
  11. (transitive) (of food and drinks) to taste sour; to have an astringent effect
  12. (transitive) (of vehicles) to come too close to another vehicle, causing it to change direction
    un camion mi ha stretto in curva
    a truck forced me to the curve


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  1. second-person singular future passive indicative of stringō



  1. present active infinitive of stringō
  2. second-person singular present passive imperative of stringō
  3. second-person singular present passive indicative of stringō