capisce

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verb ca·pisce \ kə-ˈpēsh \
variants: or capiche or less commonly capeesh or capish
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of capisce

chiefly US slang
used to ask if a message, warning, etc., has been understood
  • … you must use this knowledge for good, not evil, and never for personal gain. Capisce? [=do you understand?]
  • —Dutch Mandel
  • If you didn't want the picture to be seen on the Web, you shouldn't have put it on a Web server, capisce?
  • —Angela Gunn
  • Tony Agrazzi saw himself that way when he looked in a mirror. A guy who saw the flaws in others but forgave them their flaws. Capeesh?
  • —Bill Granger

Origin and Etymology of capisce

borrowed from Italian, 3rd person singular present indicative of capire "to understand," going back (with conjugation change) to Latin capere "to take, catch, comprehend" — more at 1heave


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