How to use MEGLIO in Italian

How do you use the word meglio 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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Meglio in Italian

What is meglio?

Meglio is an adverb (it modifies a verb) that can be translated into English as “better”.

Meglio
Better

Its pronunciation is close to meh-hlee-oh. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, especially the palatalized L that has no equivalent in English, refer to the Italian pronunciation guide.

Now, let’s see a couple of example sentences with meglio in Italian, before taking a look at how to use this word.

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Non so cosa dire per farti sentire meglio.
I don’t know what to say to make you feel better.

Non hai niente di meglio da fare che guardarmi mangiare?
Don’t you have anything better to do than watch me eat?

Visto che sembri stanco, è meglio che ti riposi.
Since you look tired, you had better take a rest.

È meglio che non mangi troppo.
You had better not eat too much.

lots of fast food

Now let’s see what the use of meglio in Italian is.


Use of meglio in Italian

We’ve said that meglio in Italian is an adverb that translates to the English adverb “better”. It’s the comparative form of bene (well) and it’s used to compare something to something else in a positive way.

Meglio is different from migliore, which is an adjective (it modifies a noun) and translates to “best”. Unlike regular Italian adjectives, it remains unchanged and doesn’t need to agree in gender and number with the noun.

Questo è il miglior giorno della mia vita.
This is the best day of my life.
(modifies a noun, giorno, so you have to use migliore)

La mia scrittura è migliore della tua.
My writing is better than yours.
(modifies a noun, scrittura, so you have to use migliore)

Marina parla svedese meglio di chiunque altro.
Marina speaks Swedish better than anyone else.
(modifies a verb, parlare, so you have to use meglio)

So cucinare meglio di te.
I can cook better than you.
(modifies a verb, cucinare, so you have to use meglio)

a boy and a girl cooking together

Let’s listen to a few other examples.

Sarebbe meglio per te rimanere a letto.
It would be better for you to stay in bed.

Mi sento molto meglio dopo una bella dormita.
I feel heaps better after a sound sleep.

È meglio lasciarla in pace.
We’d better leave her alone.

angry woman with lifted arms

Expressions with meglio in Italian

There are a number of common idiomatic expressions featuring meglio in Italian. These are…

  • meglio tardi che mai (better late than never)
  • andare di bene in meglio (to keep getting better and better)
  • fare del proprio meglio (to do one’s best)
  • avere la meglio (to get the upper hand, to get the better of)
  • meglio un uovo oggi che una gallina domani (“it’s better an egg today than a chicken tomorrow)

Ho fatto del mio meglio, ma non ho comunque superato la prova.
I did my best, but I still failed the test.

Il cane ha la meglio sul ladro e lo morde a una caviglia.
The dog gets the better of the thief and bites him in the ankle.

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And that’s it, now you know how to use meglio in Italian!


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