κλαίω

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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From Proto-Indo-European *ḱlew- (to hear). Compare English loud.

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κλαίω (klaíō)

  1. cry, weep

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κλαίω (klaíō).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈkleo/
  • Hyphenation: κλαί‧ω

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κλαίω (klaío) (simple past έκλαψα, passive form κλαίγομαι)

  1. (most senses) cry, weep (shed tears)
    Το παιδί έκλαιγε γιατί έπεσε κάτω.To paidí éklaige giatí épese káto.The child was crying because he fell down.
    Οι γονείς μου κλάψανε από χαρά όταν άκουσαν τα καλά νέα.Oi goneís mou klápsane apó chará ótan ákousan ta kalá néa.My parents wept for joy when they heard the good news.
  2. (intransitive, of eyes) water, run (as when cutting onions etc)
    Τα μάτια κλαίνε όταν καθαρίζει κανείς κρεμμύδια.Ta mátia klaíne ótan katharízei kaneís kremmýdia.The eyes water when one is peeling onions.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) mourn, grieve for (a person or thing)
    Ολόκληρο το χωριό τον έκλαψε όταν πέθανε.Olókliro to chorió ton éklapse ótan péthane.The entire village mourned him when he died.
    Έκλαψε την χαμένη της νιότη.Éklapse tin chaméni tis nióti.She grieved for her lost youth.
  4. (transitive, figuratively) feel sorry for (a person or thing)
    Τον κλαίω με όλα αυτά που του έγιναν.Ton klaío me óla aftá pou tou éginan.I feel sorry for him for all that happened to him.

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