philotimeomai: to love or seek after honorOriginal Word: φιλοτιμέομαι
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (fil-ot-im-eh'-om-ahee)
Short Definition: I desire very strongly
Definition: I am zealous, strive eagerly, desire very strongly.
5389 philotiméomai (from 5384 /phílos, "lover, friend" and 5092 /timḗ, "acknowledged honor") – properly, to show affection for what is personally valued (honored). 5389 /philotiméomai ("aspiring for what is honorable") refers to pursuing (devoting oneself to) what has great personal value.
NAS Exhaustive ConcordanceWord Origin
mid. from a comp. of philos and timé
to love or seek after honor
aspired (1), have as our ambition (1), make it your ambition (1).
Thayer's Greek LexiconSTRONGS NT 5389: φιλοτιμέομαι
φιλοτιμέομαι, φιλοτιμοῦμαι; (φιλότιμος, and this from φίλος and τιμή); deponent passive (with future middle); frequent in Greek writings from Andocides (
a. to be fond of honor; to be actuated by love of honor; from a love of honor to strive to bring something to pass;
b. followed by an infinitive, to be ambitious to etc., 1 Thessalonians 4:11; Romans 15:20; to strive earnestly, make it one's aim, 2 Corinthians 5:9. see GREEK philos see GREEK time
see GREEK philos
see GREEK time
Englishman's ConcordanceStrong's Greek 5389
φιλοτιμεῖσθαι — 1 Occ.
φιλοτιμούμενον — 1 Occ.
φιλοτιμούμεθα — 1 Occ.
Romans 15:20 V-PPM/P-AMS
GRK: οὕτως δὲ φιλοτιμούμενον εὐαγγελίζεσθαι οὐχ
NAS: And thus I aspired to preach the gospel,
KJV: so have I strived to preach the gospel,
INT: thus moreover being ambitious to preach the gospel not
2 Corinthians 5:9 V-PIM/P-1P
1 Thessalonians 4:11 V-PNM/P