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Strong's #816 - ἀτενίζω

Root Word (Etymology)
from a compound of (G1) (as a particle of union) and teino (to stretch)
Parts of Speech
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  1. to fix the eyes on, gaze upon
  2. to look into anything
  3. metaph. to fix one's mind on one as an example
Frequency Lists
Verse Results
KJV (14)
Luke 2
Acts 9
2 Corinthians 3
NAS (26)
Luke 3
Acts 19
2 Corinthians 4
HCS (14)
Luke 2
Acts 10
2 Corinthians 2
BSB (14)
Luke 2
Acts 10
2 Corinthians 2
ESV (13)
Luke 2
Acts 9
2 Corinthians 2
WEB (15)
Luke 2
Acts 11
2 Corinthians 2
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


1. look intently, gaze earnestly, τοῖς ὄμμασιν stare, Hp. Epid. 7.10; εἴς τι Arist. Mete. 343b12; πρός τι Id. Pr. 959a24; of the eyes, ἀτενίζοντες αὐτῷ Luke 4:20, cf. Acts 23:1, Placit. 1.7; εἴς τι Plb. 6.11.12, J. BJ 5.12.3, S.E. P. 1.75, etc.; εἴς τινα Acts 6:15; εἰς τὸν θεόν Them. Or. 4.51b; πρὸς τὸ ἐκείνου πρόσωπον Luc. Merc.Cond. 11: abs., also of the eyes, Arist. Pr. 957b18: Pass., to be gazed upon, APl. 4.204 (Praxit.).

II metaph. of the mind, ἀ. τὴν διάνοιαν πρός τι Arist. Ph. 192a15; εἰς τὴν προαίρεσιν ἀτενίζοντα πράττειν Phld. Ir. p.96 W.; to be obstinate, Lync. ap. Ath. 7.313f.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἀτενίζω; 1 aorist ἠτενισα; (from ἀτενής stretched, intent, and this from τείνω and intensive; (yet cf. Winers Grammar, § 16, 4; Buttmann, a. at the end, and under the word Alfa Α, , 3)); to fix the eyes on, gaze upon: with the dative of person, Luke 4:20; Luke 22:58; Acts 3:12; Acts 10:4; Acts 14:9; Acts 23:1; followed by εἰς with an accusative of person, Acts 3:4; Acts 6:15; Acts 13:9; metaphorically, to fix one's mind on one as an example, Clement of Rome, 1 Cor. 9, 2 [ET]; εἰς τί, Acts 1:10; Acts 7:55; 2 Corinthians 3:7, 13; εἰς τί, to look into anything, Acts 11:6. (3Macc. 2:26. (Aristotle), Polybius 6, 11, 5 (i. e. 6, 11a, 12 Dindorf); Diodorus 3, 39 (Dindorf ἐνατενίζω); Josephus, b. j. 5, 12, 3; Lucian, cont. 16, others.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

** ἀτενίζω

(< ἀτενής , strained, intent; < τείνω ),

[in LXX: 1 Esdras 6:28, 3 Maccabees 2:26 *;]

to look fixedly, gaze (MM, s.v.): c. dat. pers., gaze upon: Luke 4:20; Luke 22:56, Acts 3:12; Acts 10:4; Acts 14:9; Acts 23:1; seq. εἰς , c. acc pers., Acts 3:4; Acts 6:15; Acts 13:9; metaph., Acts 1:10; Acts 7:55; Acts 11:6, 2 Corinthians 3:7; 2 Corinthians 3:13.†

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

For this characteristically Lukan word cf. the Leiden occult papyrus W xvi. 8 f. εἰσελθόντος δὲ τοῦ θεοῦ μὴ ἐνατένιζε τῇ ὄψει , ἀλλὰ τῆς (l. τοῖς ) ποσί . The intensive meaning, which underlies the NT usage, comes out in the description of Thecla’s rapt attention to Paul’s teaching—ἀτενίζουσα ὡς πρὸς εὐφρασίαν (Acta Pauli viii.).



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
ατενιζετε ατενίζετε ἀτενίζετε ατενιζοντες ατενίζοντες ἀτενίζοντες ατενισαι ατενίσαι ἀτενίσαι ατενισαντες ατενίσαντες ἀτενίσαντες ατενισας ατενίσας ἀτενίσας ατενισασα ατενίσασα ἀτενίσασα atenisai atenísai atenisantes atenísantes atenisas atenísas atenisasa atenísasa atenizete atenízete atenizontes atenízontes
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