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γίγνομαι (root γα), aor. iter. γενέσκετο, perf. γέγονε, 3 pl. γεγάα_σι, inf. γεγάμεν, part. acc. sing. γεγαῶτα, pl. -ῶτας, plup. γεγόνει: become, (of men) be born; the word admits of great variety in paraphrase, but never departs from its meaning of come into being; ἄνθεα γίγνεται, ‘grow’; κλαγγὴ γένετο, ‘arose,’ ‘was heard’; ποθὴ Δαναοἶσι γένετο, ‘filled,’ ‘they felt’; νῶι νόστον ἔδωκε νηυσὶ γενέσθαι, i. e. the accomplishment of it, Od. 4.173 ; οὐκ ἂν ἔμοιγε | ἐλπομένῳ τὸ γένοιτο, I may hope, but this will not ‘happen,’ Od. 3.228 ; πάντα γιγνόμενος, Proteus, ‘turning into’ every shape, Od. 4.417 ; ἐπὶ νηυσὶ γενέσθαι, ‘get’ upon the ships, and thus often implying motion, e. g. πρὸ ὁδοῦ γένοντο, ‘progressed,’ Il. 4.382; never of course the same as εἶναι, but the perf. is sometimes a strong equivalent of the verb of existence, τοῖς οἳ νῦν γεγάα_σι, who ‘live’ now, Od. 24.84, Od. 13.160, etc.
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