994. boaó
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boaó: to call out
Original Word: βοάω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: boaó
Phonetic Spelling: (bo-ah'-o)
Short Definition: I shout, call aloud
Definition: I shout, call aloud, proclaim.

HELPS word-Studies

994 boáō (from 995 /boḗ, "cry out") – exclaim ("cry out"); to make an urgent distress-call; summon intensely, because sorely needing a response (assistance).

994 /boáō ("shouting with intense feeling") is a very emotional term (Abbott-Smith), "manifesting deep feeling" (J. Thayer).

[This is also the connotation of this term in classical Greek.]

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from boé
to call out
NASB Translation
called (1), cried (1), cry (1), crying (4), loudly declaring (1), shout (1), shouted (1), shouting (2).

STRONGS NT 994: βοάω

βοάω, βόω; (imperfect ἐβόων, Acts 21:34 Rec.); 1 aorist ἐβόησα; (βοή); from Homer down; in the Sept. mostly for קָרָא, זָעַק, צָעַק, to cry aloud, shout (Latinboo);

1. to raise a cry: of joy, Galatians 4:27 (from Isaiah 54:1); of pain, Matthew 27:46 L marginal reading Tr WH; Acts 8:7.

2. to cry i. e. speak with a high, strong voice: Matthew 3:3, Mark 1:3, Luke 3:4, John 1:23 (all from Isaiah 40:3); Mark 15:34; Luke 9:38 (R G ἀναβοάω); (Luke 18:38); Acts 17:6; Acts 21:34 Rec.; (R G ἐπιβοάω).

3. πρός τινα to cry to one for help, implore his aid: Luke 18:7 (T Tr WH αὐτῷ; cf. Winer's Grammar, 212 (199)) (1 Samuel 7:8; 1 Chronicles 5:20; Hosea 7:14, etc. for אֶל זָעַק). (Compare: ἀναβοάω, ἐπιβοάω.) [SYNONYMS: βοάω, καλέω, κράζω, κραυγάζω: It is not uninstructive to notice that ill classic usage καλεῖν denotes 'to cry out' for a purpose, to call; βοᾶν to cry out as a manifestation of feeling; κράζειν to cry out harshly, often of an inarticulate and brutish sound; thus καλεῖν suggests intelligence; βοᾶν sensibilities; κράζειν instincts; hence, βοᾶν especially a cry for help. κραυγάζειν, intensive of κράζω, denotes to cry coarsely, in contempt, etc. Cf. Schmidt, chapter 3.]


Apparently a prolonged form of a primary verb; to halloo, i.e. Shout (for help or in a tumultuous way) -- cry.

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