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Ancient GreekEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Indo-European *lewh₃- (to cut off, separate, free). Cognates include Latin luō (expiate, pay), Sanskrit लून (lunā́ti, sever, cut forth, destroy, annihilate), English loose and possibly Old Armenian լուծանեմ (lucanem) and Albanian lirë.

  • Stem λῠ-, and later Attic: λῡ-. The upsilon becomes short () before temporal endings beginning with <κ, θ, μ> and at all paragoga (derivatives). But compounds' prosody, as for λῡ́ω.
  • Derivatives, from stems λῠσ-, λῠσῐ- (compounds with λῡσῐ-), λῠτ-.
  • Unrelated to κωλῡ́ω (kōlū́ō, prevent), ὄλλῡμῐ (óllūmi, destroy, lose) or λύσσᾰ (lússa, rage).




λῡ́ω (lū́ō)

  1. I loose, loosen, untie
  2. slacken
  3. unbend
  4. set free, release
  5. redeem
  6. dissolve, sever
  7. break (up), destroy
  8. abrogate, annul
  9. atone, amend
  10. profit, I am useful
  11. first-person singular present active indicative/subjunctive of λῡ́ω (lū́ō)


Derived termsEdit

Derivatives from λῡ́ω (and see their compounds):

Compounds with λῡ́ω (and see their Derived terms):


See alsoEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Inflectional form of λῠάω (luáō, revolt).



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λύω (lúō)

  1. inflection of λῠάω (luáō):
    1. first-person singular indicative/subjunctive present active contracted
    2. second-person singular imperative present mediopassive contracted
    3. second-person singular indicative imperfect mediopassive contracted unaugmented Homeric, Ionic

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Learned, from Ancient Greek λῡ́ω (lū́ō). Also see λύνω (lýno).


  • IPA(key): /ˈli.o/
  • Hyphenation: λύ‧ω


λύω (lýo) (simple past έλυσα, passive λύομαι) (formal)

  1. terminate, adjourn, end (especially in passive form)
    λύεται η συνεδρίασηlýetai i synedríasi(especially of court) the session is adjourned
    λύεται η σύμβασηlýetai i sýmvasithe contract is terminated
  2. dismantled, disassemblesee participle λυόμενος
  3. see imperative λύσατε


Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit

Compounds of the ancient λύω (and see their Derivatives):