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ἀρήγω [ᾰ], fut. -ξω Com.Adesp.12.5D., etc.:—
aid, succour, τινί Il. 2.363, al. (never in Od.); in Hom. always, succour in war, freq. c. dat. pers. et modi, μάχῃ Τρώεσσιν ἀ. 1.521, 5.507; ὄμοσσον ἦ μέν μοι ..ἔπεσιν καὶ χερσὶν ἀ. 1.77: generally, help, succour, λέχει Ἀλκμήνας Pi.N.1.49; νεότατι ἀ. θράσος Id.P.2.63; θνητοῖς A.Pr.269, etc.; in mock Trag. passages of Com., γυναῖκες, οὐκ ἀρήξετ'; Ar.Th.696, cf. Pl.476: rare in Prose, Hecat.30J., etc.; ὁ ναυτικὸς τῷ πεζῷ ἀρήξει Hdt.7.236; τοῖς φίλοις ἀ. X.Cyr.1.5.13; ἀ. σὺν ὅπλοις τῇ χώρᾳ Id.Oec.5.7; to be good for a patient or his case, Hp.Prorrh.2.30, cf. Acut.65.

2. impers., c. inf., it is good or fit, φέρειν ἀρήγει Pi.P.2.94; σιγᾶν ἀρήγει A.Eu.571.

II. c. acc. rei, ward off, prevent, ὄλεθρον v.l. in Batr.279; ἄρηξον ..ἅλωσιν A.Th.119 (lyr.); ἀ. τινί τι ward off from one, φόνον τέκνοις E.Med.1275 (lyr.), cf. Tr.777. (Perh. cognate with Lat. rēx, Skt. rājati 'rule'.)