λαμβάνω

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. Perhaps from a Proto-Indo-European *sleh₂gʷ-, with cognates including Old English læċċan (English latch). Also see λάζομαι (lázomai) and λάφυρον (láphuron).

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λᾰμβάνω (lambánō)

  1. I take
    1. I take hold of, grasp, seize
      1. I take by force, plunder
    2. I seize (of passions, feelings)
      1. I seize, possess (of a deity)
    3. I catch, overtake
    4. I catch, discover, detect
    5. I bind
    6. I assume
    7. I take orally (of food, drugs)
    8. I perceive, understand
    9. I undertake
  2. I receive
    1. I admit
      1. I admit, initiate
  3. (middle voice)
    1. I take hold of, seize, obtain
    2. I deal with
    3. I lay hands upon
    4. I take to (e.g. take to the mountains)
    5. I find fault with, censure
    6. I check myself

Inflection[edit]

Along with a few others (ἐλθέ (elthé), ἰδέ (idé), εὑρέ (heuré), εἰπέ (eipé)), the aorist imperative has an irregular accent: λαβέ (labé) and not **λάβε. This is not the case in compounds, however.

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Verb[edit]

λαμβάνω (lamváno) simple past: λάμβανα (lámvana)

  1. get, receive
  2. take
  3. (figuratively) understand, get

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