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Strong's #2657 - κατανοέω

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  1. to perceive, remark, observe, understand
  2. to consider attentively, fix one's eyes or mind upon
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 995 ‑ בִּין (bene);  2373 ‑ חָזֶה (khaw‑zeh');  5027 ‑ נָבַט (naw‑bat');  6822 ‑ צָפָה (tsaw‑faw');  7200 ‑ רָאָה (raw‑aw');  7760 ‑ שִׂים (soom, seem);  7919 ‑ שָׂכַל (saw‑kal');  8074 ‑ שָׁמֵם (shaw‑mame');  
Frequency Lists
Verse Results
KJV (14)
Matthew 1
Luke 4
Acts 4
Romans 1
Hebrews 2
James 2
NAS (15)
Matthew 1
Luke 4
Acts 5
Romans 1
Hebrews 2
James 2
CSB (13)
Matthew 1
Luke 3
Acts 4
Romans 1
Hebrews 2
James 2
BSB (14)
Matthew 1
Luke 4
Acts 4
Romans 1
Hebrews 2
James 2
ESV (10)
Matthew 1
Luke 2
Acts 3
Hebrews 2
James 2
WEB (14)
Matthew 1
Luke 4
Acts 4
Romans 1
Hebrews 2
James 2
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions



1. observe well, understand, apprehend, ὡς ἐμὲ κατανοέειν Hdt. 2.28, cf. 93; οὐ Χαλεπὸν τῷ βουλομένῳ κ. Lys. 25.34; οὐ.. κατανοῶ τὸ νῦν ἐρωτώμενον Pl. Sph. 233a; κ. ὅ τι λέγω Id. Grg. 455b; οὐ πάνυ κατανοῶ Id. Phlb. 48a; κ. ὅτι.. Id. Sph. 264b; κατανοεῖς τίς ποτ' ἐστίν..; Antiph. 33.1; ἐκεῖνο, ὅτι.. Epicur. Ephesians 1 p.30U.; ἐκ τίνων.. καὶ πότε.. καὶ πῶς.. Plb. 1.12.9: Pass., of a doctrine, to be grasped and hence accepted, μᾶλλον μᾶλλον κ. Epicur. Nat. 138G.; εἰς καρδίαν -εῖται is understood of.., Heph.Astr. 1.1.

2. perceive, τῷ κατανοουμένῳ τὸ κατανοοῦν ἐξομοιῶσαι the percipient to the perceived, Pl. Ti. 90d, etc.: c. part., κ. οὐ []πολλοὺς ὄντας Th. 2.3.

3. learn, τῆς Περσίδος γλώσσης ὅσα ἐδύνατο κατενόησε Id. 1.138.

4. consider, περί τινος X. Cyr. 1.6.20.

5. look at, view, τὴν οἰκίαν Ath. 5.179a.

II to be in one's right mind, in one's senses, Hp. Epid. 1.26. γ, 5.39.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

κατανοέω, κατάνω; imperfect κατενωυν; 1 aorist κατενόησα; from Herodotus down; the Sept. here and there for הִתְבּונֵן, הִבִּיט, רָאָה;

1. to perceive, remark, observe, understand: τί, Matthew 7:3; Luke 6:41; Luke 20:23; Acts 27:39.

2. to consider attentively, fix one's eyes or mind upon: τί, Luke 12:24, 27; Acts 11:6; Romans 4:19; with the accusative of the thing omitted, as being understood from the context, Acts 7:31f; τινα, Hebrews 3:1; Hebrews 10:24; James 1:23f.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

κατα -νοέω , - ,

[in LXX for H5027 hi., H7200, etc.;]

to take note of, perceive, consider carefully: Acts 7:31-32; c. acc rei, Matthew 7:3, Luke 6:41; Luke 12:24; Luke 12:27; Luke 20:23, Acts 11:6; Acts 27:39, Romans 4:19; c. acc pers., Hebrews 3:1; Hebrews 10:24, James 1:23-24 (on the distinction bet. κ . and νοέω simplex, v. M, Pr., 117).†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

The characteristic force of this verb, ";perceive,"; ";understand,"; ";take note of,"; is seen in P Hib I. 27.38 (B.C. 301—240) if we accept the editors’ restoration—μακ [ρὸν ] καὶ ξένον σοι κατα [νοῖν ? , ";a long and unfamiliar thing to understand (?)"; (Edd.) : cf. P Par 63.192 (B.C. 165) (= P Petr III. p. 35) ὅταν. . τὸ συμ ̣ϕ ̣έρον κατανοῶσι κοινὸν νομιζόμενον, ";as soon as they perceive that the advantage is regarded as common to all"; (Mahaffy), BGU III. 1011ii. 17 (ii/B.C.) διότι γὰρ πολ [λὰ ] ληρώι [δη ] καὶ ψευδῆ προσα ̣γ [γ ̣]έλ ̣[λε ]ται κατανοεῖς καὶ αὐτός, Syll 928.73 (ii/B.C. ad init.) πολὺ μᾶλλον [ἀδύνατον ἦν ] κατανοεῖν [τὰ ἐμπ ]ρη [σθέν ]τα. See also Aristeas 3 τὴν προαίρεσιν ἔχοντες ἡμεῖς πρὸς τὸ περιέργως τὰ θεῖα κατανοεῖν ἑαυτοὺς ἐπεδώκαμεν κτλ., ";it was my devotion to the careful study of religion which led me to offer my services"; etc. (Thackeray).


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
List of Word Forms
κατανοεί κατανοεις κατανοείς κατανοεῖς κατανοησαι κατανοήσαι κατανοῆσαι κατανοησας κατανοήσας κατανοησατε κατανοήσατε κατανοήσεις κατανοήσω κατανοουντι κατανοούντι κατανοοῦντι κατανοούσι κατανοωμεν κατανοώμεν κατανοῶμεν κατανοών κατενόησα κατενοήσάν κατενόησαν κατενόησε κατενοησεν κατενόησεν κατενοουν κατενόουν κατενοόυσαν katanoeis katanoeîs katanoesai katanoêsai katanoēsai katanoē̂sai katanoesas katanoēsas katanoḗsas katanoesate katanoēsate katanoḗsate katanoomen katanoômen katanoōmen katanoō̂men katanoounti katanooûnti katenoesen katenoēsen katenóesen katenóēsen katenooun katenóoun
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