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Strong's #1262 - διαλύω

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  1. to dissolve
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Strong #: 2254 ‑ חָבַל (khaw‑bal');  3808 ‑ לוֹא (lo, lo, lo);  4549 ‑ מָסַס (maw‑sas');  5425 ‑ נָתַר (naw‑thar');  5753 ‑ עָוָה (aw‑vaw');  6561 ‑ פָּרַק (paw‑rak');  7665 ‑ שָׁבַר (shaw‑bar');  8271 ‑ שְׁרָא (sher‑ay');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


fut. -λύσω, etc.,

1. loose one from another, part asunder, διαπλέκων καὶ διαλύων twining and untwining, Hdt. 4.67; νὺξ δ. τοὺς ἀγωνιζομένους Id. 8.11; δ. τὸν σύλλογον, τὴν συνουσίαν, τὴν πανήγυριν, etc., break it up, dismiss it, Id. 7.10. δ, Pl. Ly. 223b, X. Cyr. 6.1.10, etc.; τὴν σκηνὴν εἰς κοίτην δ. break up the party and go to bed, ib. 2.3.1; δ. τὴν στρατιάν ib. 6.1.6; τὸ ναυτικόν disband it, Th. 2.93: Med., συνουσίας Pl. Grg. 457d: Pass., of an army, assembly, etc., disperse, Hdt. 1.128, etc.; ἐκ τοῦ συλλόγου Id. 3.73, cf. 8.56: in fut. Med., part from one's escort, Th. 2.12; of a man, die, X. Cyr. 8.7.20.

2. dissolve into its elements, break up, destroy, δ. καὶ ἀπολλύναι Pl. R. 609a s 1.; ἐξ ἑνὸς εἰς πολλὰ δ. Id. Ti. 68d; disperse, break up a herd of sheep, BGU 1012.12 (ii B.C.); break up a ship, παλαιὰν τριήρη δ. IG 2.804, cf. PSI 4.382 (iii B.C.); τρίπους, ὅρμος διαλελυμένος, SIG 2588.169,198 (Delos, ii B.C.); τὰς οἰκήσεις Plb. 4.65.4; dissolve, κοινόν Test.Epict. 8.6; σῴζεσθαι καὶ διαλυθεῖσαν οἴχεσθαι πολιτείαν Pl. Lg. 945c; of the sun, thaw frozen things, X. Cyn. 5.2: Pass., ἐξ ὧν σύγκειται καὶ εἰς ἃ διαλύεται Arist. GC 325b19, cf. Ph. 204b33, etc.

3. break off, put an end to friendship, ὁμολογίας Isoc. 4.175; φιλίαν Arist. EN 1157b10: Pass., of married persons, separate, be divorced, SIG 364.59 (Ephesus): Med., διαλύσασθαι ξεινίην Hdt. 4.154: abs., dissolve friendship, Arist. EN 1162b25: Pass., αἱ σπονδαὶ διελέλυντο Th. 5.1.

4. put an end to enmity, ἔχθραν, πόλεμον, Id. 8.46: Med., δ. ἔχθρας Isaiah 7:11; διαφοράς Isoc. 12.160; πολέμους Id. 4.172, cf. D. 4.15: in plpf. Pass. (with Med. signf.), διελέλυσθε τὸν πόλεμον Isoc. 14.27 (v.l. διελύεσθε): Pass., τὰς ἔχθρας διαλύεσθαι Th. 4.19: hence, c. acc. pers., reconcile, πρὸς ἔμ' αὑτὸν διαλύειν ἠξίου D. 21.122, cf. 41.14; δ. τινὰς ἐκ διαφορᾶς Plb. 1.87.4; οὐ γὰρ ἦν ὁ διαλύσων οὔτε λόγος οὔτε ὅρκος Th. 3.83; esp. in legal proceedings, PHamb. 25.5 (iii B.C.), etc.: Pass. and Med., c. gen. rei, διαλύεσθαι νείκους to be parted from quarrel, i.e. be reconciled, E. Or. 1679 (v.l. νείκας); so διαλυθείσης τῆς διαφορᾶς prob. in D.S. 14.110: also abs., to be reconciled, make up a quarrel, X. HG 7.4.25, cf. Test. ap. Aeschin. 1.66, Thphr. Char. 12.14; πρός τινας D. 38.24; περί τινος Lys. 4.1: in fut. Med., ὅπως.. μὴ διαλύσει D. 21.216.

5. generally, put an end to, do away with, χρήμασι τὴν διαβολήν Th. 1.131; πάσας αὐτοῦ διαλύσω τὰς ἀπολογίας d. 27.58; τὸν ἐχόμενον φόβον δ. τῶν Ἑλλήνων Pl. Mx. 241b: so in Med., ἐγκλήματα δ. Th. 1.140; δ. περὶ τῶν ἐγκλημάτων ib. 145; διαβολάς Isoc. 11.37, 15.16; τι τῶν κατηγορημένων Id. 12.218; δ. ἃ ἐψηφίσασθε cancel your vote, Lys. 18.15; διαλύσασθαι τὰ πρὸς ἀλλήλους settle mutual claims, Isoc. 4.40.

6. solve a difficulty, Pl. Sph. 252d; τὴν ἀπορίαν Arist. Metaph. 1062b31: Med., διαλύσεσθαι σόφισμα S.E. P. 2.238.

7. δ.τὰς τιμάς pay the full value, D. 29.7; pay, discharge, τὴν δαπάνην Hdt. 5.30; χρήματα D. 20.12; τὰ συμβόλαια Arist. Pol. 1276a11; χρέος τιϝί Plb. 31.27.4; πάντα διελέλυτο D. 28.2: also c. acc. pers., δ. τὸν ναύκληρον satisfy him, i.e. pay him off, D. 49.29, cf. 34.40, 36.50: Med., order debts to be paid, διαλέλυμαι ταῦτα Arr. An. 7.10.3; but also, to have them paid to oneself, D.Chr. 46.6.


1. relax, weaken, τὸ σῶμα Hp. Aph. 3.17; esp. of the result of hunger, διαλύεσθαι τῷ λιμῷ UPZ 11.27 (ii B.C.), cf. 42.9 (also in Act. intr., ὑπὸ τῆς λιμοῦ δ. ib. 122.23 (ii B.C.)); make supple and pliant, Ar. Pax 85: Pass., δ. καὶ ἀδυνατεῖν Arist. HA 585a33; ἀνάπλους διαλελυμένος a sailing out in loose order, Plb. 16.2.6; διαλελυμένη λέξις a lax style, D.H. Lys. 9.

2. abs., slacken one's hold, undo, Theoc. 24.32.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

διαλύω: 1 aorist passive διελυθην; to dissolve (cf. διά C. 4): in Acts 5:36 of a body of men broken up and dispersed, as often in Greek writings.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

δια -λύω ,

[in LXX for אבה , H2254, etc.;]

to part asunder, dissolve; of an assembly, pass., to disperse: Acts 5:36.†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

Nearest to its one appearance in NT—Acts 5:36, of the dispersal of a horde of rebels—is the use in BGU III. 1012.12 (? B.C. 170) ἵνα οὖν μὴ συμβῆι διαλυθῆναι αὐτά (sc. τὰ πρόβατα). Cf. also Michel 1001viii. 6 (c. B.C. 200) where it is forbidden to make any proposal ὡς δεείσῃ διαλῦσαι τὸ κοινὸν εἲ τὰς θυσίας τὰς προγεγραμμένας, ";to break up the society or (intermit) the aforementioned sacrifices";—there is a slight zeugma. Still parallel to dissolvo is the frequent use in the Paris papyri in connexion with λιμός —12.23 (B.C. 157) ὅπως μὴ ὑπὸ τῆς λιμοῦ δι [αλύ ]ω : here note the intransitive use, as in P Leid E.13 (ii/B.C.) ἡμεῖς δ᾽ ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ μεταξὺ διαλύωμεν καὶ τῷ λειμῷ κινδυνεύομεν τὸ ἱερὸν ἐγλιπεῖν —see Proleg. p. 159. So P Par 22.21 (ii/B.C.) ὥστ᾽ ἂν κινδυνεύειν τῷ λιμῷ διαλυθῆναι, 26.9 (petition of the Serapeum Twins—B.C. 163–2) (= Selections, p. 14) ὡς ἂν ὑπὸ τῆς λιμοῦ διαλυόμεναι, and 38.28 (B.C. 162) καὶ μὴ διαλύωμαι τῷ λιμῷ. Another kindred use is that in P Strass I. 20.10 (iii/A.D.) ἔδοξεν ἡμᾶ ]ς ̣ δίκας μη ̣κέτι λέγειν, ἀλλὰ φιλίᾳ μᾶλλον τὰ ̣ς. . c. 15 letters . . ] στάσ ̣εις διαλύσασθαι. Not far away is P Hib I. 96.5 (B.C. 259) ὁμολογοῦσιν διαλελύσθαι πρὸς ἀλλήλους πάν [τα τὰ ἐγκλήματα, ";settled all the claims"; (Edd.). Διάλυσις is similarly used with reference to debts, P Oxy I. 104.20 (A.D. 96), ib. VII. 1034 introd. (ii/A.D.). In P Hamb I. 25.5 (B.C. 238) αὐτο ̣ὺς ̣ διαλῦσαι, δ. = ";reconcile."; So P Magd 42.12 (B.C. 222) μά (λιστα) διάλυσον αὐτούς · εἰ δὲ μ [ ], ἀπό (στειλον) ὅπως ἐπὶ τῶν λα (οκριτῶν) δι (ακριθῶσιν)—it is the endorsement of the king upon a petition. In P Leid Wxxii. 27 (ii/iii A.D.) ὡς δὲ ἐν τῷ Νόμῳ διαλύεται Ἀβραιστί, ";uti vero in Lege (Moïsis) (sic!) solvitur (nomen) Hebraice"; (Ed.), it is used apparently to denote the resolution of the patriarchs’ names into magical combinations of letters.


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List of Word Forms
διαλέλυται διάλυε διαλυθή διαλύον διαμαρτάνοντες διαμάρτητε διαμαρτυρία διελυθησαν διελύθησαν διελύοντο διελύσαμεν dieluthesan dieluthēsan dielythesan dielythēsan dielýthesan dielýthēsan
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