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Strong's #3170 - μεγαλύνω

Root Word (Etymology)
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  1. to make great, magnify
    1. metaph. to make conspicuous
  2. to deem or declare great
    1. to esteem highly, to extol, laud, celebrate
  3. to get glory and praise
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 1396 ‑ גָּבַר (gaw‑bar');  1431 ‑ גָּדַל (gaw‑dal');  5637 ‑ סָרַר (saw‑rar');  6381 ‑ פָּלָא (paw‑law');  7232 ‑ רָבַב (raw‑bab');  7235 ‑ רָבָה (raw‑baw');  
Frequency Lists
Verse Results
KJV (8)
Matthew 1
Luke 2
Acts 3
2 Corinthians 1
Philippians 1
NAS (11)
Matthew 1
Luke 3
Acts 5
2 Corinthians 1
Philippians 1
CSB (8)
Matthew 1
Luke 2
Acts 3
2 Corinthians 1
Philippians 1
BSB (8)
Matthew 1
Luke 2
Acts 3
2 Corinthians 1
Philippians 1
ESV (8)
Matthew 1
Luke 2
Acts 3
2 Corinthians 1
Philippians 1
WEB (8)
Matthew 1
Luke 2
Acts 3
2 Corinthians 1
Philippians 1
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

μεγᾰλύνω, fut. μεγαλῠνῶ LXX Genesis 12:2, al.: aor. ἐμεγάλυνα ib. Ecclesiastes 2:4, al.: Pass., fut. - υνθήσομαι ib. Zechariah 12:11, al.: aor. - ύνθην ib. Ma. 1.5, al.: pf. part. μεμεγαλυμμένος Aq. Psalms 144:12(143).12: (μέγας):

I make great or powerful, exalt, τοὺς πολεμίους Th. 5.98: Pass., μεγαλύνεσθαι ἐκτῶν συμβαινόντων gain great glory by.., X. HG 7.1.24, cf. Philippians 1:20, POxy. 1592.3 (iii/iv A. D.).


1. make great by word, extol, magnify, τὸ ὄνομά τινος E. Ba. 320; μ. τὴν ἑαυτοῦ δύναμιν παρά τινι Th. 8.81; ἑαυτόν X. Ap. 32; μ. τὴν Λακεδαίμονα πρὸς Ἀθηναίους Plu. Cim. 16; τοῦ θεοῦ τὴν δύναμιν D.S. 1.20: freq. in LXX, ll. cc.: Med., boast oneself, περί τινος Sapph. 35; γέννα in point of birth, A. Pr. 892 (lyr.); οὐδὲ μεγαλύνεται ἐπὶ τῷ ἔργῳ X. Hier. 2.17, cf. Oec. 21.4; ταῦτ' ἀκούων ἐμεγαλύνετο Id. Mem. 3.6.3.

2. magnify, exaggerate, Th. 6.28, Phld. Rh. 1.173 S., Ir. p.45 W., D.C. Fr. 57.81, al.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

μεγαλύνω; imperfect ἐμεγαλυνον; passive (imperfect 3 person singular ἐμεγαλύνετο); 1 aorist infinitive μεγαλυνθῆναι; 1 future μεγαλυνθήσομαι; (μέγας); from (Aeschylus and) Thucydides down; the Sept. mostly for הִגְדִּיל;

1. to make great, magnify (Vulg. magnifico): τινα or τί, properly, of dimension, Matthew 23:5 (here A. V. enlarge); passive to increase: of bodily stature, ἐμεγαλύνθη τό παιδάριον, 1 Samuel 2:21; so in a figure, 2 Corinthians 10:15, of Paul, that his apostolic efficiency among the Corinthians may increase more and more and have more abundant results (others refer this to 2; see Meyer (edited by Heinrici) in the place cited). metaphorically, to make conspicious: Luke 1:58 (on which see ἔλεος, 2 a.).

2. to deem or declare great, i. e. to esteem highly, to extol, laud, celebrate: Luke 1:16; Acts 5:13; Acts 10:46; Acts 19:17. (often so in classical Greek also); passive equivalent to to get glory and praise: ἐν τίνι, in a thing, Philippians 1:20.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

μεγαλύνω (< μέγας ),

[in LXX chiefly for H1431 pi., hi.;]

1. to make great: Matthew 23:5, Luke 1:58.

2. to declare great, extol, magnify: Luke 1:46, Acts 5:13; Acts 10:46; Acts 19:17, 2 Corinthians 10:15; pass., seq. ἐν , Philippians 1:20.†

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

With the use of this verb in the pass, in Philippians 1:20 (cf. LXX Psa. 39:17 [MT Psalms 40:16], Psalms 69:5 [MT Psalms 70:4]) in the sense of ";get glory and praise,"; cf. the Christian letter P Oxy XII. 1592.8 (iii/iv A.D.) where a woman writes to her ‘father’—αἰδε (= ἐδε) ξά [μ ]ην σου τὰ γράμματα, κ (ύρι)έ μου π (άτε)ρ, καὶ πάνυ ἐμεγαλύνθην καὶ ἠγαλλείασα ὅτει τοιοῦτός μου π (ατ)ὴρ τὴν μνήμην ποιεῖται. In MGr μεγαλαίνω and μεγαλώνω are both found.


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List of Word Forms
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