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pres·to / ˈprestō/ • adv. & adj. Mus. (esp. as a direction) in a quick tempo. • n. (pl. -tos) Mus. a movement or passage marked to be performed in a quick tempo. • interj. a phrase announcing the successful completion of a trick, or suggesting that something has been done so easily that it seems to be magic: just one quick squeeze and presto! A stir fry in seconds.

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presto

presto (conjurer's word) quickly, at once. XVI. — It., adv. use of adj.:- Rom., late L. præstus ready, quick, for earlier præstō at hand. As a musical direction presto is an independent adoption (XVII).

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presto

presto (It.). Quick. prestezza, quickness; prestamente, quickly; prestissimo, very quick; prestissimamente, very quickly.

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presto

prestobateau, chateau, gateau, gelato, mulatto, plateau •de facto, ipso facto •alto •canto, Esperanto, manteau, panto, portmanteau •antipasto, impasto - •agitato, Ambato, castrato, esparto, inamorato, legato, moderato, obbligato (US obligato), ostinato, pizzicato, rubato, staccato, tomato, vibrato, Waikato •contralto •allegretto, amaretto, amoretto, Canaletto, cornetto, falsetto, ghetto, larghetto, libretto, Loreto, Orvieto, Soweto, stiletto, Tintoretto, vaporetto, zucchetto •perfecto, recto •cento, cinquecento, divertimento, lento, memento, pimiento, portamento, Risorgimento, Sacramento, Sorrento, Trento •manifesto, pesto, presto •concerto •Cato, Plato, potato •Benito, bonito, burrito, coquito, graffito, Hirohito, incognito, Ito, magneto, Miskito, mosquito, Quito, Tito, veto •ditto • in flagrante delicto • mistletoe •pinto, Shinto •tiptoe •Callisto, fritto misto •cogito • Felixstowe • Sillitoe

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PRESTO

PRESTO (ˈprɛstəʊ) (USA) program reporting and evaluation system for total operation

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