διαβάζω

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Etymology[edit]

From Byzantine Greek διαβάζω (diabázō), simplification of Ancient Greek διαβιβάζω (diabibázō, to transmit, to send on).

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  • IPA(key): /ðʝaˈvazo/
  • Hyphenation: δια‧βά‧ζω

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διαβάζω (diavázo) (past διάβασα, passive διαβάζομαι)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) read (look at and interpret letters or other information that is written)
    Μην τον ενοχλείς όταν διαβάζει.Min ton enochleís ótan diavázei.Don't bother him when he's reading.
    Στις διακοπές μου, διάβασα τρία μυθιστορήματα.Stis diakopés mou, diávasa tría mythistorímata.On my holidays, I read three novels.
  2. (intransitive) be able to read, be literate
    Ο παππούς δεν πήγε σχολείο και γι' αυτό δεν διαβάζει.O pappoús den píge scholeío kai gi' aftó den diavázei.Grandad didn't go to school and that's why he can't read.
  3. (intransitive) study (review materials already learned in order to make sure one does not forget them)
    Έχω πονοκέφαλο και δε θα διαβάσω απόψε.Écho ponokéfalo kai de tha diaváso apópse.I've a headache and won't be studying tonight.
  4. (transitive) coach, instruct (help to study)
    Η αδερφή μου με διαβάζει στη μουσική.I aderfí mou me diavázei sti mousikí.My sister is coaching me in music.
  5. (transitive, figurative) read (be able to recognise or interpret)
    Διάβασα την αλήθεια στα μάτια της.Diávasa tin alítheia sta mátia tis.I read the truth in her eyes.
    διαβάζω τις σκέψεις κάποιουdiavázo tis sképseis kápoiouto read someone's thoughts
  6. (transitive, Christianity) read (speak aloud words, especially during service)
    Ο παπάς διαβάζει τα Ευαγγέλια.O papás diavázei ta Evangélia.The priest reads the Gospels.
  7. (transitive, Christianity) bless, exorcize (to confer blessing upon or rid of demons)
    Ήρθε ο παπάς να διαβάσει τον άρρωστο.Írthe o papás na diavásei ton árrosto.The priest came to bless the sick person.

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