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a tempo

[ah-tem-poh; Italian ah-tem-paw] /ɑˈtɛm poʊ; Italian ɑˈtɛm pɔ/
adverb, Music.
1.
resuming the speed obtained preceding ritardando or accelerando.
Origin of a tempo
1730-1740
1730-40; < Italian: in (the regular) time
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British Dictionary definitions for a tempo

a tempo

/ɑː ˈtɛmpəʊ/
adjective, adverb
1.
to the original tempo
noun
2.
a passage thus marked
Also tempo primo
Word Origin
Italian: in (the original) time
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