EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English bene, from Old English bēn (prayer, request, petition, favour, compulsory service), from Proto-Germanic *bōniz (supplication), from Proto-Indo-European *bhā- (to say, speak). Cognate with Danish bøn (prayer), Swedish bön (prayer), Icelandic bæn (prayer), Icelandic bón (request). Related to ban. See also boon, bee.

Alternative formsEdit

  • been (dialectal)
  • ben, beane (obsolete)

NounEdit

bene (plural benes)

  1. (now chiefly dialectal) A prayer, especially to God; a petition; a boon.
    What is good for a bootless bene? — Wordsworth.
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Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

bene (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of benne (sesame)

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VerbEdit

bene

  1. singular present subjunctive of benen

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ItalianEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin bene.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

bene (invariable)

  1. upper-class, posh, high
    Parioli è il quartiere bene di Roma per eccellenza. Parioli is the posh Rome neighborhood par excellence.

AdverbEdit

bene (comparative: meglio; superlative: benissimo)

  1. well, nicely, OK, right
    Non è necessario spendere una fortuna per mangiare bene. - You don’t need to spend a fortune to eat well.
  2. properly, correctly, rightly
    La mia lavatrice non funziona bene, qualcuno mi può aiutare? - My washing machine isn't working properly, can anybody help me?
  3. thoroughly, carefully
    Leggere bene le istruzioni prima dell'uso. - Read the instructions carefully before use.
  4. as much as, as many as
    Gli agricoltori della Luisiana hanno subito una perdita di ben 450 milioni di dollari a causa dell'uragano Gustav. - Louisiana farmers face lost income of as much as $450 million because of hurricane Gustav.

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InterjectionEdit

bene!

  1. good!; fine!
    Bene! Sono proprio felice che hai avuto delle buone notizie! - Good! I’m so glad you got some good news!

NounEdit

bene m (plural beni)

  1. good
    L'eterna lotta tra il bene e il male. The eternal struggle between good and evil.
  2. (chiefly in the plural) goods, property, possessions, belongings, assets
    Dopo il suo secondo infarto, Mario vendette tutti i suoi beni ed andò in Nepal. - Following his second heart attack, Mario had sold all his property and left for Nepal.
  3. sake, good
    Lo faccio per il tuo bene! - I'm doing this for your sake!
  4. happiness
    Auguro ogni bene a te e alla tua famiglia. Wish you and your family every happiness.
  5. sweetheart, darling, love
    Sei il mio bene! - You are my sweetheart!
  6. asset
    Something or someone of any value; any portion of one's property or effects so considered

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  • bene immobile
  • bene mobile
  • bene private
  • bene pubblico
  • bene di stato

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From bonus (good)

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AdverbEdit

bene (comparative melius, superlative optimē)

  1. well
    Tibi bene ex animo volo.
    I wish you well with all my heart.
  2. properly, exactly
  3. agreeably, favorably

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Last modified on 5 April 2014, at 11:02