Meaning of MANGIA in Italian

How do you use the verb mangia in Italian? What does it mean? How do you pronounce it?

In this lesson, we will look at how to use this word along with many audio recordings and example sentences. Read on to learn everything you need to know!

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How to use mangia in Italian

Meaning of mangia in Italian

Mangia is a present tense conjugation of the verb mangiare, meaning to eat. To be more precise, it’s the third-person present tense conjugation of mangiare, translating to “he/she eats”.

Let’s hear how it is pronounced.

He/she eats

Its pronunciation is close to mun-jah. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, refer to the Italian pronunciation guide.

Now, let’s see a couple of example sentences with mangia in Italian, before taking a look at how to use the verb bere along with its other present tense conjugations as well.

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Giovanna mangia una fetta di torta al cioccolato.
Giovanna eats a slice of chocolate cake.

Il leone mangia la gazzella che ha ucciso.
The lion eats the gazelle he killed.

Quanto mangia un orso polare ogni giorno?
How much does a polar bear eat every day?

Il mio gatto non mangia quasi nulla.
My cat eats almost nothing.

gray cat refusing to eat a pill

Now let’s see where beve in Italian comes from.

Use of mangia in Italian

You likely already know that the indicativo presente (present tense) conjugation for the pronoun io appends the ending -o to the root of the verb, or stem (see note for further info).

What’s the stem of a verb?
Italian verbs in the infinitive end in -ARE, -ERE and -IRE.
Cut out this part and you will be left with the root verb.
tremare ➡️ trem-
piovere ➡️ piov-
cucire ➡️ cuc-
Italian verb endings for every tense are added to these root forms of the verb.

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Now, how would you conjugate the present tense of mangiare, “to eat”?

Take away the infinitive ending -are and add -o!

Mangiare… ➡️ Mangi-… ➡️ Io mangio?

boy eating rice and gravy


That said, let’s see the present tense conjugation of mangiare along with its pronunciation.

Present tense conjugation for mangiare

lui, leimangia
family of three eating noodles

For example, you could say…

Mangiamo carne rossa una volta alla settimana.
We eat red meat once a week.

Che cosa mangiate per cena?
What are you eating for dinner?

Lorenzo mangia un uovo strapazzato.
Lorenzo eats a scrambled egg.

I cani non mangiano mai la cioccolata.
Dogs never eat chocolate.

Mangi insieme a me stasera?
Will you eat with me tonight?

two kids eating candies at a table


Finally, mangia in Italian is also an imperative verb meaning eat!. You use this command to tell one person to eat up what they have on their plate.

Mangia, Matteo, prima che si raffreddi!
Eat, Matteo, before it gets cold!

And that’s it, now you know the meaning of mangia in Italian!

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