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