Word Summary
airō: to raise, take up, lift
Original Word: αἴρω
Transliteration: airō
Phonetic Spelling: (ah'-ee-ro)
Part of Speech: Verb
Short Definition: to raise, take up, lift
Meaning: to raise, take up, lift
Strong's Concordance
to take up, take away

A primary root; to lift up; by implication, to take up or away; figuratively, to raise (the voice), keep in suspense (the mind), specially, to sail away (i.e. Weigh anchor); by Hebraism (compare nasa') to expiate sin -- away with, bear (up), carry, lift up, loose, make to doubt, put away, remove, take (away, up).

see HEBREW nasa'

Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 142: αἴρω

αἴρω (contracted from the poetic ἀείρω); future ἀρῶ 1 aorist ἦρα, infinitive ἆραι, impv ἆρον; perfect ἠρκα (Colossians 2:14); passive, (present αἴρομαι); perfect ἤρμαι (John 20:1); 1 aorist ἤρθην; (on the rejection of the iota subscript in these tenses see Alexander Buttmann (1873) Ausf. Spr. i., pp. 413, 439; (Winer's Grammar, 47 (46))); 1 future ἀρθήσομαι; (from Homer down); in the Sept. generally equivalent to נָשָׂא; to lift up, raise.

1. to raise up;

a. to raise from the ground, take up: stones, John 8:59; serpents, Mark 16:18; a dead body, Acts 20:9.

b. to raise upward, elevate, lift up: the hand, Revelation 10:5; the eyes, John 11:41; the voice, i. e., speak in a loud tone, cry out, Luke 17:13; Acts 4:24 (also in secular writings); τήν ψυχήν, to raise the mind, equivalent to excite, affect strongly (with a sense of fear, hope, joy, grief, etc.); in John 10:24 to hold the mind in suspense between doubt and hope, cf. Lucke (or Meyer) at the passage,

c. to draw up: a fish, Matthew 17:27 (ἀνασπᾶν, Habakkuk 1:15); σκάφην, Acts 27:17; anchors from the bottom of the sea, Acts 27:13, where supply τάς ἀγκύρας; cf. Kuinoel at the passage; (Winers Grammar, 594 (552); Buttmann, 146 (127)).

2. to take upon oneself and carry what has been raised, to bear: τινα ἐπί χειρῶν, Matthew 4:6; Luke 4:11 (Psalm 90:12 ()); a sick man, Mark 2:3; ζυγόν, Matthew 11:29 (Lamentations 3:27); a bed, Matthew 9:6; Mark 2:9, 11; Luke 5:24; John 5:8-12; τόν σταυρόν, Matt. ( Lachmann marginal reading); ; Luke 9:28; Mark 8:34; Mark 10:21 (in R L brackets); Mark 15:21; (λίθον) Revelation 18:21; to carry with one, (A. V. take): Mark 6:8; Luke 9:3; Luke 22:36. Both of these ideas are expressed in classical Greek by the middle αἴρεσθαι.

3. to bear away what has been raised, carry off;

a. to move from its place: Matthew 21:21; Mark 11:23 (ἄρθητι be thou taken up, removed (Buttmann, 52 (45)), namely, from thy place); Matthew 22:13 (Rec.); John 2:16; John 11:39, 41; John 20:1.

b. to take off or away what is attached to anything: John 19:31, 38f; to tear away, Matthew 9:16; Mark 2:21; to rend away, cut off, John 15:2.

c. to remove: 1 Corinthians 5:2 (cast out from the church, where ἀρθῇ should be read for Rec. ἐξαρθῇ); tropically: faults, Ephesians 4:31; τήν ἁμαρτίαν, John 1:29 (36 Lachmann in brackets), to remove the guilt and punishment of sin by expiation, or to cause that sin be neither imputed nor punished (αἴρειν ἁμάρτημα, 1 Samuel 15:25; ἀνόμημα, 1 Samuel 25:28, i. e. to grant pardon for an offence); but in 1 John 3:5 τάς ἁμαρτίας ἡμῶν αἴρειν is to cause our sins to cease, i. e., that we no longer sin, while we enter into fellowship with Christ, who is free from sin, and abide in that fellowship, cf. 1 John 3:6.

d. to carry off; carry away with one: Matthew 14:12, 20; Matthew 15:37; Matthew 20:14; Matthew 24:17; Mark 6:29, 43; Mark 8:8, 19; Mark 13:15; Luke 9:17; Luke 17:31; John 20:2, 13, 15; Acts 20:9.

e. to appropriate what is taken: Luke 19:21; Mark 15:24.

f. to take away from another what is his or what is committed to him, to take by force: Luke 6:30; Luke 11:52; τί ἀπό with the genitive of person, Matthew 13:12; Matthew 21:43; Matthew 25:28; Luke 8:12, 18; Luke 19:24, 26; (Matthew 25:29); Mark 4:(),; John 10:18; John 16:22; perhaps also with the mere genitive of the person from whom anything is taken, Luke 6:29; Luke 11:22; John 11:48, unless one prefer to regard these as possessive genitive,

g. to take and apply to any use: Acts 21:11; 1 Corinthians 6:15.

h. to take from among the living, either by a natural death, John 17:15 (ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου take away from contact with the world), or by violence, Matthew 24:39; Luke 23:18; John 19:15; Acts 21:36; with the addition of ἀπό τῆς γῆς, Acts 22:22; αἴρεται ἀπό τῆς γῆς ζῶν αὐτοῦ, of a bloody death inflicted upon one, Acts 8:33 (Isaiah 53:8).

i. of things; to take out of the way, destroy: χειρόγραφον, Colossians 2:14; cause to cease: τήν κρίσιν, Acts 8:33 (Isaiah 53:8). (Compare: ἀπαίρω, ἐξαίρω, ἐπαίρω, μεταίρω, συναίρω, ὑπεραίρω.)