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Shark in Italian

Italian synonyms for shark Word Usage pescecane This is the newer word, entering the lexicon around the 17th century, literally meaning "dogfish". In the past 50 years it has decreased in ...
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C'è una differenza tra concretare e concretizzare?

Oltre che il Treccani, anche il De Mauro e il Grande Dizionario della Lingua Italiana li danno come equivalenti, il primo rinviando da “concretare” a “concretizzare”, il secondo viceversa (e con la ...
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What is the difference between "familiare" and "parente"?

Familiare (or famigliare) and parente are mostly synonyms, both meaning “relative”, a member of the same family. I am ready to stand corrected, but my impression is that the writer just intended to ...
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List of Italian proper names and common diminutives

You can find here a list of Italian proper names (in Italian) where you can find some information about etymology and meaning. Many of them come form history, literature, or from philosophers, ...
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"Riposare" vs "riposarsi" (= to take a break)

In your sentence, both are synonyms, but, according to Treccani dictionary the version with pronoun is more commonly used: Cessare, smettere momentaneamente un’attività, e quindi sostare, prendere ...
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"Essere" or "stare" for the location of a building

Both options are correct as the location of buildings can be described with the verb “essere”. “Il palazzo sta a New York”/“Il palazzo è a New York” “La nostra baita è in cima alla montagna”/“La ...
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Difference between "gioco da tavolo" and "gioco in scatola"

In a glossary at the end of his book L'autore di giochi, Emiliano Sciarra (author of Bang! and other successful boardgames) gives giochi di società as a broad category, which basically includes ...
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Differenza tra "verdura" e "ortaggio"

In this blog post you can read about the difference between ortaggio and verdura: Differenza tra ortaggio e verdura Verdura ed ortaggi sono la stessa cosa? La parola “ortaggio” si riferisce ...
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Difference between "fuggire" "sfuggire" "scappare" "correre"

The verbs fuggire and scappare mean quite the same in several cases. They have different origins: fuggire comes directly from Latin fugio, whereas scappare comes from excappare, that is, “to free ...
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Differenze tra i sinonimi di "seno"

"Seno" è il termine più comune per indicare l'organo, ad esempio in ambito medico: Screening per il tumore del seno. È solitamente applicabile solo alle donne, perché originariamente ...
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What is a nice synonym for "significant other" in Italian, except "partner" and "amore"?

Maybe an expressions closer to "significant other" might be "la mia metà" (literally "my [other] half") or the variations "la mia metà migliore" ("my ...
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Sinonimo di non affidabile, fannullone, mai preciso

Una possibilità è scioperato che comprende sia l'essere senza voglia di lavorare che un modo di vivere disordinato. https://www.treccani.it/vocabolario/scioperato/ https://www.treccani.it/vocabolario/...
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Differenze tra i sinonimi di "seno"

Petto is the most general and neutral term: it can refer to a man, a woman or an animal (petto di pollo = chicken breast). When in doubt, use this. The general meaning of seno is that of any fold or ...
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List of Italian proper names and common diminutives

There are indeed such Wiktionary pages, though they are not exhaustive and do not contain much further information: Wiktionary: Italian male given names (830) Wiktionary: Italian diminutives of male ...
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Qual è la differenza fra regalo, dono e presente?

Le tre parole hanno usi simili. Regalo è certamente il più universale e comune di tutti, si può applicare in qualunque contesto. Esempi: regalo di compleanno, regalo di natale, regalo di nozze. Si può ...
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C'è una differenza tra concretare e concretizzare?

In aggiunta a quanto riportato nella risposta di DaG, aggiungo quanto ho trovato nel Devoto-Oli, Nuovo Vocabolario Illustrato della Lingua Italiana (per intenderci, questo): concretare v. tr. (...
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Vestiti vs abbigliamento vs vestiario vs indumenti

It's a good question. The nouns abbigliamento vestito abito indumento behave differently when singular or plural. Don't confuse the noun vestito with the participle from vestire. You correctly observe ...
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"Fare visita" vs "andare a trovare" vs "andare a vedere"

The two expressions fare visita and andare a trovare are more or less synonimous, and they mean to call on or to pay a visit. I personally find the first more informal, but not by much. On the other ...
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"Sentire" vs "provare" (to feel a feeling)

In this context the two verbs are synonyms, but "provare" is somewhat more common (according to several Google Ngram experiments I've just run. Here is one). Some tests might be inconclusive, because ...
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Why are there two classes of synonyms of "di" in Google Translate?

Prepositions in different languages don't correspond one-to-one. For instance, the French de can be the Italian di or da; the English by can be the Italian da, but also per or in: I'll come by train ...
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Why are there two classes of synonyms of "di" in Google Translate?

Words on the right side are not synonyms of "di", they are other possible translations of the given word in English. For instance, Google Translate is saying that English preposition "of" can ...
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Difference between strillare, gridare, sgridare, urlare, rampognare

A better meaning for strillare is to screech; urlare is to scream, and is mostly synonymous with gridare. The meaning of sgridare is to berate, to scold, usually with a high voice, but not necessarily....
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What is a nice synonym for "significant other" in Italian, except "partner" and "amore"?

What one considers to be “nice” or “desirable” is of course highly subjective, but I find compagna/o the most usual and neutral-sounding word for a “significant other” (with whom one is not married). ...
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Shark in Italian

"Carcarodonte" is probably the formal biology term for the white shark, even though i never heard this word. You usually use "squalo", and your grampa would use "pescecane", which was a way common ...
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Differences between "stare" and "essere (da) solo"

They can be used interchangeably but they do hold different meaning. “Essere da solo” means “Being alone” while “Stare da solo” also has a connotation of “staying” as in “staying still” so the ...
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Qual è la differenza tra "la mucca" e "la vacca"?

Prendendo le definizioni del vocabolario Treccani: Vacca vacca s. f. [lat. vacca]. – 1. La femmina adulta dei bovini: Mucca mucca s. f. [dallo svizz.-ted. Mugg (in origine, la parola indicava ...
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Sull'uso e significato del termine "distinguo" come sinonimo di "distinzione"

Il Sabatini-Coletti propone Nel linguaggio comune, distinzione che annuncia un'obiezione: fare un distinguo; anche, in senso spregiativo, distinzione cavillosa e pedante: non fare troppi distinguo. ...
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Differenze di uso tra "numero" e "cifra" in contesti quotidiani

Ovviamente, da un punto di vista matematico, cifra e numero hanno significati diversi: ogni cifra è un numero, il viceversa è falso. Più precisamente, cifra è il simbolo per denotare un intero fra ...
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Difference between "fuggire" "sfuggire" "scappare" "correre"

It might help to think about the words they are most commonly used with: "fuggire/scappare da" + something bad "sfuggire/scampare a" + something bad That's a simplification, of ...
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