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legô (B), pick up, etc.: tenses for signf. 1 and 11, fut. lexô Od.24.224: aor. elexa A.Pers.292:—
Med., fut. in pass. sense lexomai E. Alc.322: aor. elexamên Il.21.27 (trans.); Ep. elegmên Od.9.335; lekto 4.451:—
Pass., aor. elechthên Il.3.188: also post-Hom. in these senses, but only in compos., esp. with apo-, ek-, kata-, sun-; post-Hom. pf. eilocha (kat-, sun-), Pass. eilegmai, in these senses rarely lelegmai (v. the compds.); also fut. legêsomai (sul-): aor. 2 elegên (kat-, sun-):—
gather, pick up, ostea ..legômen Il.23.239, cf. Od.24. 72, Pi.P.8.53; haimasias te legôn picking out stones for building walls, Od.18.359 (ubi v. Sch., cf. logas 2), cf. 24.224:—
Med., gather for oneself, epi de xula polla legesthe Il.8.507; ostea leuka legonto 24.793; pharmaka lexasthai A.R.3.807.

2. Med., choose for oneself, pick out, lexaito ..andras aristous Od.24.108; kourous Il.21.27:—
Pass., to be chosen, ei ..legoimetha pantes aristoi 13.276.

II. count, tell, en d' hêmeas lege kêtesin he counted us among the seals, Od.4.452; and in aor. Med., Il.2.125; egô pemptos meta toisin elegmên I reckoned myself .., Od.9.335; lekto d' arithmon he told him over the number, 4.451:—
Pass., meta toisin elechthên I was counted among these, Il.3.188.

b. so, but not freq., after Hom., l. pontian psaphôn arithmon Pi.O.13.46, cf. A.Ag.570; kath' hen hekaston l. Isoc.2.45; also kai se d' en toutois legô count you among .., A.Pr.973; l. tina oudamou count him as naught, S.Ant.183; kerdos l., ei ..count it gain, that .., ib.462:—
Med., lexato pantas [nautas] Pi.P.4.189:—
Pass., legesthai en tois hippikôtatois X.Oec.11.20; eni prôtêisi legesthai Call.Del.16: fut. Med. in pass. sense, en tois ouket' ousi lexomai E. l.c.

2. recount, tell over, ou ti diaprêxaimi legôn ema kêdea Od.14.197; su de moi lege theskela erga 11.374; ta hekasta legôn 12.165; hosa t' autos ..emogêse, pant' eleg' 23.308: so in Trag., l. tuchas, pathê, mochthous, etc., A.Pr.633, Pers.292, Ag.555, etc.; also Agamemnoni ..leg' oneidea repeated reproaches against him, Il.2.222; so perh. pseudea polla l. Hes.Th.27 (but v. infr. 111):—
Med., ti se chrê tauta legesthai; why need'st thou tell the tale thereof? Il.13.275; and so, mêketi tauta legômetha nêputioi hôs ib.292, cf. Od.3.240, 13.296; mêketi nun dêth' authi legômetha Il.2.435.

III. say, speak, first in Hes.Th.27 (v. supr.11.2): fut. lexô Emp.38.1, A.Ag.859, Hdt.4.14, Th.2.48, Antipho 6.33, etc.: aor. elexa Anacr.45, Pl.Sph.217e, Antipho 1.15 (rare in Pl. and the Orators, common in some dialects, as Boeotian, IG7.504.2 (Tanagra), Thessalian, ib.9(2).461.21, Ionic, v.l. in Hp.Aër. 12): pf. lelecha Gal.16.249, lelega and lelogas Hsch. (eirêka in correct writers):—
Pass., fut. lechthêsomai Th.5.86, Pl.Ti.67c, etc.: also fut. Med. in pass. sense, S.OC1186, E.Hec.906 (lyr.), etc.; and lelexomai Th.3.53 (v.l. lexetai), Pl.R.457b: aor. elechthên (never elegên in this sense) S.OT1442, Th.6.32, etc.: pf. lelegmai Pi.N.8.20, Hdt.2.21, S.Ph.389, etc. (eilegmai in this sense only in compd. di-): rare in compds. (only antilegô, epilegô, katalegô, prolegô), the pres. in most compds. being supplied by agoreuô, the fut. by erô, the aor. by eipon, the pf. by eirêka:

1. say, speak, never in Hom., first in Hes. l.c., freq. from Hdt. and Trag. downwds.; of all kinds of oral communications, ekeleue legein ei ti theloi Hdt.8.58; so legois an speak, say on, Pl.Plt.268e, etc.; l. muthon A.Pers.698 (troch.); pseudê l. Id.Ag. 625; alêthê l. Pl.Phlb.12b (so in Pass., logos lelektai pas S.Ph.389); of oracles, say, declare, Hdt.8.136; hôsper tounoma legei indicates, Pl. Prt.312c: with Preps., l. amphi tinos A.Th.1017, E.Hec.580; peri tinos Xenoph.34.2, Democr.165, S.Aj.151 (anap.), Th.2.48; huper tinos in his defence, S.El.555, X.HG1.7.16; kata tinos against him, Thgn.1240a, X.HG1.5.2; l. epi tisi euchas agathas express good wishes for them, A.Supp.625 (anap.); l. ta tinos take his part, D.8.64; l. pros ti in reference or in answer to .., S.Ant.753, etc.; eis ti X.Mem. 1.5.1.

2. c. acc. et inf., say that .., Pi.P.2.59, etc.: with neg. ou, Pl.R.348c, etc., but mê ib.346e, X.Smp.4.5 (Pass.), and usu. in later Gr., LXX Ge.38.22; l. mê einai anastasin Ev.Matt.22.23: freq. also folld. by hôs, hoti (generally so in the Act. voice) when the subject of the relative clause may become the object of the principal Verb, gunaika legousin, hôs kathêtai ..X.Cyr.7.3.5, etc.: rarely c. part., l. Oidipoun olôlota speak of him as dead, S.OC1580; legousin hêmas hôs olôlotas A.Ag.672; lexas' adelphôi s' enthad' onta E.Hel.888:—
Pass., lexetai echôn Id.IT1047, cf. A.Ag.170 (cj.).

3. legein tina ti say something of another, esp. kaka l. tina speak ill of him, revile him, Hdt.8.61; agatha l. tinas Ar.Ec.435; ta eschata, ta aporrêta l. allêlous, X.Mem.2.2.9, D.18.123; also eu or kakôs l. tina, A.Ag.445 (lyr.), S.El.524, cf. 1028; eu l. ton eu legonta X.Mem.2.3.8.

4. call by name, has tremomen l. S.OC128 (lyr.): c. dupl. acc., call so and so, legoim' an andra tonde tôn stathmôn kuna A.Ag.896, cf. S.OC939 codd., Hdt.1.32, etc.

5. l. tina poiein ti tell, command one to do, A.Ch. 553, S.Ph.101, X.Cyr.4.1.22, etc.: so with tini, S.OC840, D.19.150 (no obj. expressed in A.Ag.925, S.OC856); lege ton erôtônta hina ..eipêi soi ..Astramps.Orac.p.1 H.; hôs ho nomos legei D.22.20; ho legôn mê moicheuein Ep.Rom.2.22.

6. l. ti say something, i.e. speak to the point or purpose, boulêi legein ti, kai legôn mêden kluein; S.Ant. 757; legô ti; am I right? the answer being legeis, Id.OT1475; kinduneueis ti legein Pl.Cra.404a; isôs an ti legois X.Mem.2.1.12, cf. Cyr.1.4.20; opp. ouden legei has no meaning, no authority, ouden l. to sôphronôs traphênai Ar.Eq.334, cf. V.75; ouden legeis nonsense! Id.Th.625; but ouden legein, also, say what is not, lie, Id.Av.66, Pl. Ap.30b; also eu ge legeis, eu legeis, eu an legois, good news!, that is well!, ib.24e, Grg.447b, Prt.310b; kalôs, orthôs l., you are right, X. Mem.3.3.4, 3.6.8; koupô legô and what is more, Herod.7.44; ti legeis; ton epopa pai kaleis; Ar.Av.57, cf. Ec.298 (lyr.).

7. pleon., ephê legôn Hdt.3.156, 5.36; elege phas Id.1.122; ephaske legôn Ar.Av. 472; ê d' hos legôn Id.V.795; hôs ephê legôn S.Aj.757; kai legôn eipen houtô pôs D.8.74, etc.

8. at the beginning of letters or documents, Amasis Polukrateï hôde legei .., Mardonios tade legei .., etc., Hdt.3.40, 8.140. a, etc.; ta grammata elege tade Id.1.124, etc.; grammasi legon tade, of an inscription, Th.6.54: in roman edicts, Markos Mettios Rhouphos ..legei POxy.237 viii 28 (i A.D.).

9. wish to say, mean, outoi gunaikas alla Gorgonas legô A.Eu.48; ti touto legei, pro Puloio; what does pro Puloio mean? Ar.Eq.1059, cf. 1021, 1375, Ec.989, Pl. Phd.60e: freq. in Platonic dialogue, pôs legeis; how do you mean? in what sense do you say this? Ap.24e, al.; ê pôs legomen; or what do we mean to say? Grg.480b; pôs dê oun auto legeis; Phdr.265c; poion ti pote ara legont es phasi ..what they can possibly mean by saying .., Tht.181c, al.: c. dupl. acc., toiouton ti se legein to kreitton Grg.489d, al.: freq. (esp. in Trag.) to explain more fully, eisô komizou kai su, Kasandran legô you, I mean Cassandra, A.Ag.1035; ho mantis, huion Oikleous l. Id.Th.609, cf. 658 (v.l.), Pr.946; potamos, Achelôion legô S.Tr.9, cf. 1220, Ph.1261, E.Ph.987; eme legôn meaning me, Isoc.12.215; to d' humeis hotan legô, tên polin l. D.18.88: sts., however, the word after legô is put in appos. with the word to be expld., Antikleias .., tês sês legô toi mêtros A.Fr.175, cf. Th.658 cod. M; peri tônde .., legô de Phôkeôn D.19.152; par' hôn .., toutôn tôn tên Asian oikountôn legô Id.8.24, cf. Pl.Smp.202b: abs., mêdenos ontos en [têi chôrai] legô D.1.27.

b. peri has (sc. apolauseis) legomen ton sôphrona in regard to which we use the term 'temperate', Arist.EN1148a5, cf. Pl.Grg. 494b.

10. hôs legousi as they say, S.Ant.23, etc.; hôs l. moi Id.OC 1161:—
Pass., legetai it is said, c.acc.et inf., X.Mem.1.2.30, al.; but also patros legetai genesthai ..Id.Cyr.1.2.1; thanein elechthê he was said to have been killed, S.OT292; so legomenon ereô Pi.P.5.108: to legomenon abs., as the saying goes, Th.7.68, cf. Pl.Grg.447a, Smp. 217e, etc.; to l. dê touto Id.Grg.514e: ho legomenos graôn huthlos the so-called .., Id.Tht.176b; hoi l. autonomoi einai X.HG6.3.8; hoi l. hoti ..of whom it is said that .., Id.Cyr.8.6.16.

11. of orators, speak (emphatically), legein deinos S.OT545, X.Cyr.1.5.9, etc.; legein êskêkotes S.Fr.963, cf. Eup.95 (v. laleô); l. te kai prassein dunatôtatos Th.1.139; hoi en tôi plêthei legein dunamenoi Isoc.3.8, cf. D.19.286; plead one's cause in a court of law, Id.23.78; dikas legein huper tinos speak as an advocate for .., Din.1.111.

12. boast of, tell of, tên heautou rhômên X.Cyr.1.3.10; in Poets, sing of, thelô l. Atreidas Anacreont.23.1.

13. recite what is written, labe to biblion kai lege Pl.Tht.143c; and freq. in Oratt., as lege ton nomon D.21.8 and 10, etc.; of lectures, akousate mou scholia legontos Arr.Epict.3.21.6, cf. 15.8 (the sense of Lat. lego, read, occurs only in the compds. analegomai, epilegomai).

14. say or send word by another, X.An.1.9.25, 7.4.5.

15. maintain as a thesis, hoi tas ideas legontes Arist. Ph.193b36, Metaph.1036b14.

16. nominate, Lat. dicere [dictatorem], D.C.Fr.36.26 (Pass.). (Cf. Lat. lĕgo, legio, legulus ('olivegatherer').)