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English translation of 'per'




  1. (direzione) for, to
    l'autobus per Milano the Milan bus, the bus for o to Milan
    quando parti per Parigi? when are you leaving for o are you off to Paris?
    proseguire per Londra to go on to London
  2. (verso, nei confronti di) for, towards
    il suo grande amore per la sorella his great love for o of his sister
    ha una passione per la musica he is passionately fond of music
  3. (moto attraverso luogo) through
    l'ho cercata per tutta la casa I searched the whole house o I searched all over the house for it
    ti ho cercato per mari e per monti I looked everywhere for you
    l'ho incontrato per le scale I met him on the stairs
    sono passata per Roma I came through o via Rome
    il maestro è passato per i banchi the teacher went along the rows of desks
    i ladri sono passati per la finestra the thieves got in (o out) through the window
  4. (stato in luogo)
    seduto/sdraiato per terra sitting/lying on the ground
  5. (tempo) for
    per anni for years
    per tutta l'estate all summer long, all through the summer, throughout the summer
    per tutta la giornata all day long
    per giorni e giorni for days on end
    giorno per giorno day by day
    dobbiamo finirlo per lunedì we must get it finished by o for Monday
    ci rivedremo per Pasqua we'll see one another again at Easter
    è piovuto per tutta la settimana it has rained all week long
    per molto tempo for a long time
    sarò di ritorno per le tre I'll be back by three o'clock
  6. (mezzo, maniera) by
    per ferrovia by rail o train
    l'ha fatto per gioco he did it as a joke
    per lettera by letter
    l'ha presa per mano he took her by the hand
    chiamare qn per nome to call sb by name
    l'ha fatto per scherzo he did it as a joke
    non mi piace parlare per telefono I don't like using the phone o speaking on the phone
    per via aerea by air
    per vie legali through legal channels
    1. (causa) for, because of, owing to
    2. (scopo) for
    per abitudine out of habit, from habit
    è morto per avvelenamento he died from poisoning
    le tende per la cucina the kitchen curtains, the curtains for the kitchen
    per un errore through o by error
    per il freddo because of the cold
    non stare in pena per lui don't worry about him
    pastiglie per il mal di gola throat pastilles o lozenges
    chiuso per malattia closed because of o on account of illness
    assentarsi per malattia to be off because of o through o owing to illness
    questo lavoro non fa per me this isn't the right job for me
    per motivi di salute for health reasons
    condannato per omicidio convicted of murder
    non l'ha fatto per pigrizia he didn't do it out of laziness
    processato per rapina a mano armata tried for armed robbery
  7. (prezzo, misura) for
    assicurato per un milione insured for 1 million euros
    l'ho comprato per 500 euro I bought it for 500 euros
    per miglia e miglia non si vedeva nulla you couldn't see anything for miles
    il terreno si estende per molti chilometri the land extends for several kilometres
    lo vendo per poco I'm selling it for very little, I'm selling it cheap
  8. (limitazione) for
    è troppo difficile per lui it's too hard for him
    per me è come una madre she's like a mother to me
    per quel che mi riguarda as far as I'm concerned
    per questa volta ci passerò sopra I'll forget about it this time
  9. (distributivo)
    un interesse del 5 per cento 5 per cent interest
    dividere 12 per 4 to divide 12 by 4
    2 per 3 fa 6 2 times 3 equals 6
    in fila per tre! line up in threes!
    moltiplicare 9 per 3 to multiply 9 by 3
    ce n'è una per parte there's one on each side
    750 euro per persona 750 euros per person o a head o apiece
    vi interrogo uno per uno I'll question you one by one
    entrate uno per volta come in one at a time
    1. (in qualità di) as
    2. (al posto di) for
    te lo dico per certo I tell you it's gospel
    me l'hanno venduto per lana they sold it to me as (if it were) wool
    lo hanno dato per morto he was given up for dead
    ha avuto suo padre per professore he had his father as one of his teachers, he was taught by his father
    prendere qn per uno sciocco to take sb for a fool
    ti ho preso per tuo fratello I (mis)took you for your brother
  10. (introduce proposizione finale) to, in order to
    per fare qc (so as) to do sth, in order to do sth
    l'ho fatto per aiutarti I did it to help you
    dicevo così per scherzare I said it as a joke o in fun
  11. (introduce proposizione causale) for
    per aver fatto qc for doing sth
    è stato punito per aver picchiato suo fratello he was punished for hitting his brother
    è morta per aver ingerito troppi barbiturici she died from o of an overdose of barbiturates
  12. (introduce proposizione concessiva)
    per poco che sia however little it is o it may be, little though it is o it may be
    per quanto si dia da fare... however hard he tries ...
    per quanto io sappia as far as I know

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'per' in Other Languages

British English: for /fɔː; fə/ PREPOSITION
intended for If something is for someone, they will have it or use it.
These flowers are for you.
  • American English: for
  • Arabic: لأَجْل
  • Brazilian Portuguese: para
  • Chinese: 为了
  • Croatian: za
  • Czech: pro
  • Danish: til
  • Dutch: voor
  • European Spanish: para
  • Finnish: varten
  • French: pour
  • German: für
  • Greek: για
  • Italian: per
  • Japanese: ・・・のために 関係
  • Korean: ...을 위하여
  • Norwegian: for
  • Polish: dla
  • European Portuguese: para
  • Romanian: pentru
  • Russian: для
  • Spanish: para
  • Swedish: för
  • Thai: เพื่อ
  • Turkish: için
  • Ukrainian: для
  • Vietnamese: cho
British English: for /fɔː; fə/ PREPOSITION
to help someone If someone does something for you, they do it so that you do not have to do it.
I held the door open for the next person.
  • American English: for
  • Arabic: لِ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: para
  • Chinese: 为了…
  • Croatian: za
  • Czech: místo
  • Danish: for
  • Dutch: voor
  • European Spanish: por
  • Finnish: jollekin
  • French: pourà l'attention de
  • German: für
  • Greek: για
  • Italian: per
  • Japanese: ・・・のために
  • Korean: ~을 위해
  • Norwegian: for
  • Polish: dla
  • European Portuguese: para
  • Romanian: pentru
  • Russian: для
  • Spanish: para
  • Swedish: åt
  • Thai: เพื่อ ให้แก่
  • Turkish: için
  • Ukrainian: для
  • Vietnamese: dành cho


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