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Quran Dictionary - ع ث ر


The triliteral root ʿayn thā rā (ع ث ر) occurs twice in the Quran, in two derived forms:

  • once as the form I verb ʿuthira (عُثِرَ)
  • once as the form IV verb aʿthar (أَعْثَرْ)

The translations below are brief glosses intended as a guide to meaning. An Arabic word may have a range of meanings depending on context. Click on a word for more linguistic information, or to suggestion a correction.

Verb (form I) - to discover

(5:107:2) ʿuthirait is discovered فَإِنْ عُثِرَ عَلَىٰ أَنَّهُمَا اسْتَحَقَّا إِثْمًا فَآخَرَانِ يَقُومَانِ مَقَامَهُمَا

Verb (form IV) - to make known

(18:21:2) aʿtharnāWe made known وَكَذَٰلِكَ أَعْثَرْنَا عَلَيْهِمْ لِيَعْلَمُوا أَنَّ وَعْدَ اللَّهِ حَقٌّ

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