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The 200 most common Italian Verbs with Meanings


Regardless of the language, verbs are action words, meaning they describe an action, occurrence, or state. Before delving into the subject of common Italian verbs, it might help to have a little refresher course as to what they are and how people use them in sentences.

For starters, verbs form the main part of a predictable sentence. In other words, they serve as a link between the subject of the verb and the subject’s information, which is typically descriptive. At the same time, people use them as a phrase that functions like an adjective or adverb, which contains a verb and associated objects, modifiers, and complements.

Active Verbs

To show the action of an activity, you would use active verbs. However, they must also link to describe conditions. Following are a few sentence examples:

  • She appears in an off-Broadway play. (active) Margaret appears upset. (linking) 
  • He smells the chicken cooking on the grill. (active) The wet dog smells horrible. (linking)

You can take verb phrases one step further by including a complement, adverb, or object. As an example, look at the sentence, “He was walking quickly to his office.” With this, you have the verb “walking” combined with the complement “his office.”

Some examples of what a phrase looks like when it functions as an adjective or adverb with a verb and associated complement, modifier, or object:

  • The new puppy was hesitant to learn new tricks.
  • When she arrives, we can make a cake.
  • Finally, we can afford to purchase a new car.
  • Texting on his phone, the driver crashed into another car.
  • Open the door to let in fresh air.

Now with the verb refresher course complete, we will move on to the most commonly used Italian phrases. If you have plans to move to or visit Italy, you can use these same rules. Also, if you have limited Italian-speaking ability, learning these verbs along with common phrases will make it easier for you to follow along with conversations.

General Italian Verb Phrases

Regardless of what you want to do or see while in Italy, you can use general Italian verb phrases to get around. Following are just a few examples:

  • Andiamo a fare shopping – Let’s go shopping.
  • Vado a fare una passeggiata – I’m going for a walk.
  • Chi sta comprando pizza stasera? – Who is buying pizza tonight?
  • Posso prendere la tua foto? – May I take your picture?
  • Dovrei portare una glacca? – Should I bring a jacket?
  • Posso guardarlo? – May I look at that?
  • Chi vuole allenarsi con me? – Who wants to work out with me?
  • Potremmo andare a nuotare – We could go swimming.
  • Parli inglese? – Do you speak English?

Italian Verb Phrases When Clothes Shopping

one of the most common italian verbs: shopping
Shopping is a favorite pastime for Italians. Image by gonghuimin468 from Pixabay

Since clothes shopping in Italy is a favorite pastime, it makes sense to start with some of the more common phrases. While many store owners and employees know some English, not all do. Learning these phrases with common Italian verbs while out shopping will allow you to communicate better and come across as a polite customer.

  • Posso provario per favore? – May I try this on, please?
  • Posso pagare per questo con una carta di credito? – Can I pay for this with a credit card?
  • Posso scambiarlo con una taglia diversa? – Can I exchange this for a different size?
  • Ho bisogno di scegliere i fiori per il matrimonio del mio amicao – I need to pick out flowers for my friend’s wedding.
  • Vendi questo in un altro colore? – Do you sell this in a different color?
  • Sto cercando una bella giacca – I am looking for a nice jacket.

Italian Verb Phrases When Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping is always exciting in Italy. Especially when visiting open-air markets, you will find a vast assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and more. Following are some of the commonly spoken Italian verb phrases:

  • Sto cercando frutta fresca/verdure – I am looking for fresh fruit/vegetables.
  • Voglio comprare (number) – I want to buy (number).
  • Posso avere un campione? – Can I have a sample?
  • Accettate la valuta Americana? – Do you accept American currency?
  • Puoi consegnare questo? – Can you deliver this?

Common Italian Verbs – Entertainment and Dining Phrases

Entertainment and dining are two additional popular things for locals and tourists to do in Italy. For these, the verb phrases listed below are among the most commonly used.

  • Prenderemo un tavolo per due, per favore – We’ll take a table for two, please.
  • Quanti biglietti dovrei comprare? – How many tickets should I buy?
  • Proveremo la casa speciale – We’ll try the house special.
  • Lascia andare a teatro – Let’s go to the theater.
  • Mi sono divertito cosi tanto – I had such a good time.
  • Puoi attirare la sua attenzione? – Can you get his/her attention?
  • Cosa mi consiglia di provare? – What do you recommend I try?
  • So guidare – I can drive.

Single Italian Verbs

Because the list of single Italian verbs is almost endless, we selected the 200 most common Italian verbs and their meanings that you should put at the top of your list.

to allowconsentire
to annoyinfastidire
to apologizescusarsi
to appealappello
to appearapparire
to arguediscutere
to arrivearriva
to askchiedere a
to attempttentativo
to attractattira
to be aware ofessere consapevoli di
to be calledessere chiamato
to beatbattere
to becomediventa
to begininizia
to believecredere
to belongappartenere a
to breakrompere
to bringporta
to buyacquista
to callchiamare
to canpuò
to catchcattura
to celebratefesteggiare
to choosescegliete
to cleanpulire
to closechiudi
to comea venire
to compareconfrontare
to cookingcucina
to costcosto
to countconta
to createcrea
to crygrida
to cuttaglio
to decidedecidere
to deletecancellare
to diemuori
to disturbdisturbare
to dofare
to drawsorteggio
to dreamsogno
to drinkbevanda
to drivedrive
to earnguadagnare
to eatmangiare
to endfine
to endowdotare
to enterentra in
to explainspiegare
to fallcaduta
to feelsentite
to fetchvai a prendere
to findtrova
to fitin forma
to flyvola
to followseguire
to forgetdimenticare
to getottenere
to get offscendere
to get to knowconoscere
to givedare
to govai a
to greetsaluta
to growcrescere
to hangappendere
to happenaccadere
to happyfelice
to hateodio
to haveavere
to have breakfastfare colazione
to helpaiuto
to hidenascondere
to holdtenere
to hopesperanza
to hurtferito
to informinformare
to interestinteresse
to introducepresenta
to inviteinvita
to itsil suo
to jumpsalta
to kissbacio
to knowsapere
to lackmancanza
to laughridete
to laylaico
to leadpiombo
to learnimparare
to letlasciate che
to liementire
to liftascensore
to likecome
to listenascolta
to livein diretta
to livingvivente
to lookguarda
to loseperdere
to loveamore
to mailposta
to makefare
to make upfare pace
to marrysposare
to maymaggio
to meansignifica
to meetIncontrare
to missmancare
to movespostare
to move outtraslocare
to mustmust
to needbisogno
to offerofferta
to openaprire
to packpack
to paintvernice
to paypagare
to pay attentionprestare attenzione
to phonetelefono
to placeposto
to playgiocare
to pleaseper favore
to plugspina
to preparepreparare
to pressstampa
to prohibitvietare
to pulltirare
to pushSpingere
to racegara
to rainpioggia
to readleggi
to receivericevere
to reckoncalcolare
to recommendraccomandare
to registeriscriviti a
to rememberricordati di
to rentAffitto
to rent outaffittare
to repairriparazione
to repeatripetere
to replyrisposta
to restresto
to rousesuscitare
to runningin esecuzione
to saydiciamo
to say goodbyedire addio
to searchricerca
to seevedi
to seemsembra
to sellvendere
to sendinviare
to shalldovrà
to shareCondividi
to shootSpara
to shoutgrida
to showmostra
to showerdoccia
to shut downspento
to singcantare
to sitsiediti
to sit downsiediti
to sleepdormire
to smellodore
to smilesorriso
to smokefumo
to snowneve
to sorryscusate
to speakparlare
to standstand
to startinizia da
to staysoggiorno
to stealrubare
to stopstop
to studystudio
to takeprendere
to take a bathfare il bagno
to talkparlare
to tasteassaggiate
to tellditelo a
to tell liesdire bugie
to thankringrazia
to thinkpensa
to throwlanciare
to to danceper ballare
to to swima nuotare
to touchtoccare
to travelviaggio
to tryprova
to turn onaccendere
to unclaspdecomprimere
to understandcapire
to viewvedi
to visitvisita
to waitaspetta
to wake upsvegliarsi
to wantdesidera
to washlavaggio
to wearIndossare
to wishaugurio
to worklavoro
to writescrivi
Common Verbs in Italian


As with any new language, there is a definite learning curve when it comes to Italian. However, it is worth the time and effort to learn the most common Italian verbs in this beautiful language of romance. Ideally, the best time to start is several months before traveling overseas. However, as it is the fifth-most-taught language in the United States, you will have no problem finding other people that you can communicate with while honing your new skill.

In fact, you can find groups of other people learning Italian all over the country that you can hook up with in person or online. Just remember what verbs are and how to use them. In no time, they will make sense when speaking Italian. If you need help, there are numerous online courses and local tutors available, as well.