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presto

[ pres-toh ]
/ ˈprɛs toʊ /
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adverb
quickly, rapidly, or immediately.
at a rapid tempo (used as a musical direction).
adjective
quick or rapid.
executed at a rapid tempo (used as a musical direction).
noun, plural pres·tos.
Music. a movement or piece in quick tempo.
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Origin of presto

1590–1600; <Italian: quick, quickly <Late Latin praestus (adj.) ready, Latin praestō (adv.) at hand
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British Dictionary definitions for presto

presto
/ (ˈprɛstəʊ) /

adjective, adverb
music to be played very fast
adverb
immediately, suddenly, or at once (esp in the phrase hey presto)
noun plural -tos
music a movement or passage directed to be played very quickly

Word Origin for presto

C16: from Italian: fast, from Late Latin praestus (adj) ready to hand, Latin praestō (adv) present
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