Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #4591 - מָעַט
1) to be or become small, be few, be diminished
1a1) to diminish
1a2) to be too small
1b) (Piel) to become few
1c1) to make small, make few, diminish
1c2) to give less
V) uom (מאהתה MAhTh) - Less: To be less, fewer or diminished in size or amount. KJV (22): (vf: Paal, Hiphil, Piel) diminish, few, less, little, fewness, least, minish, decrease, nothing, few - Strongs: H4591 (מָעַט)
Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
(1) Arabic معِطَ to be smooth naked, hence to be polished, sharp; see מָעֹט ; transp. مَعَطَ prob. to scrape, to scrape off (comp. معس to rub, also מָרַט, since ע and ר are kindred letters to each other), whence מְעַט prop. a scraping, scrap (ein Span, Spänchen), hence a little. Hence comes the denom.
(2) to be little, few. Leviticus 25:16, לְפִי מְעֹט הַשָּׁים “according to the fewness of the years,” Exodus 12:4; Nehemiah 9:32 also to be made few, to be diminished, Psalms 107:39; Isaiah 21:17; Proverbs 13:11.
Piel מִעֵט intrans. i.q. Kal, Ecclesiastes 12:3.
(1) to make few, to diminish, Levit. 25:16 Numbers 26:54, 33:54 Jerem. 10:24, פֶּן־תַּמְעִיטֵנִי “lest thou makest me (the people) few,” or “diminishest;” Ezekiel 29:15.
(2) to make, or do anything a little, or in a slight degree (etwas in geringer Menge, in geringem Maaßbe thun). Numbers 11:32, הַמַּמְעִיט אָסַף עֲשָׂרָה חֳמָרִים “he who had (gathered) a little, had gathered ten homers.” Exodus 16:17, 18 Exodus 16:18; 2 Kings 4:3, “borrow empty vessels אַל־תַּמְעִיטִי sc. לִשְׁאֹל (borrow) not a few.” Specially to give few, Numbers 35:8; Exodus 30:15. [Hence the following words.]
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