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prōdĭgo , ēgi, actum, 3, v. a. pro-ago, drive forth, to drive to a place.
I. Lit. (ante-class.): “sues in lutosos limites,Varr. R. R. 2, 4: “in pabulum,id. ib. 2, 7 med.: “pulli prodigendi in solem,id. ib. 3, 9 med.
II. Transf., to get rid of.
A. In a good sense, to use up, consume (post-class.): “esculentum potulentumve,Dig. 1, 18, 18.—
B. In a bad sense, to squander, to lavish, waste, dissipate (not in Cic. or Cæs.; cf.: “effundo, profundo, consumo): festo die si quid prodegeris,Plaut. Aul. 2, 8, 10: “suom,id. Merc. 5, 4, 60: aliena bona, Sall. Or. Lepidi contra Sull.: “opes, Suet. ner. 30: sua,Tac. H. 1, 20: “illi prodigere vitam pro victoriā contendentes,Amm. 16, 12, 50: “singulos artus suos fortunae prodigendos dare quaestu atque compendio gloriarum,Gell. 2, 27, 5.
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