Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Music In a gradually broadening style and slowing tempo. Used chiefly as a direction.

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  • adv. Decreasing in tempo; getting slower.

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  • adj. gradually decreasing in tempo and broadening in manner

Etymologies

Italian, present participle of allargare, to broaden : al-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + largare, to broaden (from largo, broad, from Latin largus).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Italian allargando, present participle of allargare ("to broaden") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Dopo il fallimento della Grecia e del Portogallo­, la crisi economica si sta allargando a macchia d' olio, ma a chi si devono questi soldi?

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  • During our two rehearsal sessions, we spent quite a bit of time on the drastic tempo changes, from the I Tempo, to allargando, to ritardando to molto ritardando; all within the last two measures of the piece.

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  • Mountain ascent (Marcato) [5: 18] 05: V. Courage (Maestoso allargando) [17: 28]

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