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subito

[ soo-bi-toh; Italian soo-bee-taw ]
/ ˈsu bɪˌtoʊ; Italian ˈsu bi tɔ /
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adverb

(as a musical direction) suddenly; abruptly: subito pianissimo.

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Origin of subito

First recorded in 1715–25; from Italian, from Latin subitō originally, ablative singular neuter of subitus “sudden,” equivalent to sub- sub- + -i- (base of īre “to go”) + -tus past participle suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for subito

subito
/ (ˈsuːbɪˌtəʊ) /

adverb

music (preceding or following a dynamic marking, etc) suddenly; immediatelyAbbreviation: sub
C18: via Italian from Latin: suddenly, from subitus sudden, from subīre to approach, from sub- (indicating stealth) + īre to go
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