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prō-sto , stĭti, stātum, 1, v. n. *
I. To stand forth, stand out, project: “angellis prostantibus,Lucr. 2, 428.—
II. To stand in a public place.
A. Of a seller, to offer one's wares for sale, carry on one's business (cf. propono): “hi (lenones) saltem in occultis locis prostant, vos in foro ipso,Plaut. Curc. 4, 2, 21.—
B. Of wares, to be set out or exposed for sale: “liber prostat,Hor. Ep. 1, 20, 2.—
2. In partic., to sell one's body, prostitute one's self: “si mater tua prostitisset,Sen. Contr. 1, 2; Juv. 1, 47; 3, 65; 9, 24; P. Syrus ap. Petr. 55 fin.; Suet. Tib. 43 fin.
b. Transf.: “illud amicitiae quondam venerabile numen Prostat et in quaestu pro meretrice sedet,prostitutes herself, is venal, Ov. P. 2, 3, 20.
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