Strong's Concordance, Greek Dictionary

Desire, intend, list, love, mean, please, have rather, to determine (as an active option from subjective impulse

Greek: θέλω, thelō (G2309)

201 King James Bible Verses


Here are desire, be disposed, intend, list, love and related words in the Bible. What does the source Greek word θέλω mean and how is it used in the Bible? Below are the English definition details. Also below are examples within Bible verses highlighted in yellow (follow this link to go there). Tap or hover on blue, underlined words to see more original scripture and meanings. Information sourced from Strong's Concordance[1].

Definition Details

Strong's Number: G2309

Greek Base Word: θέλω

Usage: Desire, be disposed (forward), intend, list, love, mean, please, have rather, (be) will(-ing(-ly)) (have)

Definition: To determine (as an active option from subjective impulse; whereas G1014 properly denotes rather a passive acquiescence in objective considerations), i.e., choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication, to wish, i.e., be inclined to (sometimes adverbially, gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism, to delight in.

Detailed definition:

  1. To will, have in mind, intend.
    1. To be resolved or determined, to purpose.
    2. To desire, to wish.
    3. To love.
      1. To like to do a thing, be fond of doing.
    4. To take delight in, have pleasure.

Derived terms: Apparently strengthened from the alternate form of G138.

See also:

  1. G138
  2. G1014


  1. Biblical International Phonetic Alphabet: ˈθɛ.lo
  2. Modern International Phonetic Alphabet: ˈθe̞.low
  3. Transliteration: thelō
  4. Biblical Pronunciation: THEH-loh
  5. Modern Pronunciation: THAY-loh

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