πλέω

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *plew-. In the present and imperfect, the semivowel is lost between vowels, but before a consonant is kept as υ, the second element of a diphthong. Cognate with English float.

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Verb[edit]

πλέω (pléō)

  1. sail (in a boat)
  2. float

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Compounds of the verb @perseus.tufts.edu e.g.

More than 200 related words for the grades:

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Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek πλέω.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈple.o/
  • Hyphenation: πλέ‧ω

Verb[edit]

πλέω (pléo) (past έπλευσα, passive —)

  1. sail (in a boat)
  2. float
  3. (figurative) have something in abundance, in expressions like:
    πλέω σε πελάγη ευτυχίας (pléo se pelági eftychías, I 'sail' in seas of happiness, I am happy)
    πλέω στο χρήμα (pléo sto chríma, I 'sail' in money, I am rich)
    πλέω στο αίμα (pléo sto aíma, I 'sail' in blood, I bleed heavily)
  4. (figurative) to be too large (of shoes, clothing, etc)

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