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Strong's #327 - ἀναζητέω

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  1. to seek out, search through, make diligent search
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Strong #: 1245 ‑ בָּקַשׁ (baw‑kash');  1875 ‑ דָּרַשׁ (daw‑rash');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


I investigate, τὰς αἰτίας Pl. Lg. 693a; τὰ ὑπὸ γῆς Revelation 18:1-24 b: Pass., Hdt. 1.137, Ar. Lys. 26, Th. 2.8.

II search out, discover, τὰ παραλελειμμένα ὑπὸ τῶν προτέρων ἀρχείων OGI 267 (Pergam., iii B. C.); search for, μαστροπούς Ph. 1.40.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἀναζητέω, (ῶ; (imperfect ἀνεζήτουν); 1 aorist ἀνεζήτησα; 'to run through with the eyes any series or succession of men or things, and so to seek out, search through, make diligent search, German daran hinsuchen,aufsuchen' (Winer's De verb. comp. etc. Part 3, p. 14): τινα, Luke 2:44 (and Luke 2:45 L text T Tr WH); Acts 11:25. (See examples from Greek writings (from Plato on) in Winer's, the passage cited.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ἀνα -ζητέω , - ,

[in LXX: Job 3:4 (H1875), Job 10:6 (H1245 pi.), 2 Maccabees 13:21 *;]

to look for or seek carefully ("specially of searching for human beings, with an implication of difficulty": MM, VGT, s.v.): Luke 2:44-45 Acts 11:25.†

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 verb is capable of general use, as in P Oxy VII. 1066.18 (iii/A.D.) ἀναζήτησον [ῥίνην ] ";look for a file."; But it is specially used of searching for human beings, with an implication of difficulty, as in the NT passages. So P Hib I. 71.9 (B.C. 245–4) τὴν πᾶσαν σπουδὴν ποίησαι ὅπ [ως ἀνα ]ζητηθέντες ἀποσταλῶσι, ";make every effort to search for them"; etc. with reference to certain slaves who had deserted. P Rein 1713 (B.C. 109) has nearly the same phrase : cf. Syll 220.18 (iii/B.C.) ex suppl., P Flor I. 83.12 (iii/iv A.D.) ἀναζητηθέντα ἀναπεμφθήσεσθαι πρὸς τὸν κράτιστον ἐπίτροπον. P Tebt I. 138 (late ii/B.C.) ἀναζητούμενος Ὀννῶφρις οὐχ εὑρίσκεται, ib. 53.22 (B.C. 110) οἱ εὐθυνόμενοι ἀναζητηθ ̣[ ]ντες, ";the culprits having been searched for."; For the noun ἀναζήτησις, cf. P Fay 107.9 (A.D. 133) ποήσασθαι τὴν καθήκουσαν ἀναζήτησιν, ";to hold the due inquiry,"; P. Tebt II. 423.12 (early iii/A.D.) πρ [ὸς ] ἀναζήτην (l. -ησιν) χόρτου, ";to look for hay,"; and P Ryl II. 78.32 (A.D. 157) περὶ ἀναζητήσεως Πάνθηρος.


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List of Word Forms
αναζητησαι αναζητήσαι ἀναζητῆσαι αναζητουντες ἀναζητοῦντες αναζυγαίς ανεζήτησας ανεζητουν ανεζήτουν ἀνεζήτουν anazetesai anazetêsai anazētēsai anazētē̂sai anazetountes anazetoûntes anazētountes anazētoûntes anezetoun anezētoun anezḗtoun
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