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prō -trăho , xi, ctum, 3 (sync. form protraxtis for protraxistis, Sil. 16, 84.—
I.Inf. protraxe for protraxisse, Lucr. 5, 1159), v. a., to draw or drag forth, to bring forth or out, pull out, to draw to a place (class.; cf.: promo, profero).
II. Trop.
A. In gen., to drag forth, to draw or bring anywhere: “aliquid in lucem,Lucr. 4, 1189: “ad gestum pueros,id. 5, 1031: “quidquid paulatim protrahit aetas In medium,id. 5, 1387 dub. (v. Lachm. II. p. 346): “indicem ad indicium,Liv. 33, 28: “nudi in medium protrahebantur,id. 28, 29. —
B. In partic.
1. To bring to light, discover, disclose, reveal, expose, betray: “auctorem nefandi facinoris,Liv. 45, 5: “inimicum,id. 44, 26: “facinus per indicium,id. 27, 3: “publicanorum fraudes,Vell. 2, 92, 2: “nec meus indicio latitantes versus amicus Protraheret,Ov. Tr. 3, 4, 71.—
2. To lengthen out any thing as to time, to prolong, protract, defer (post-Aug.; “syn.: produco, propago): protrahere ac differre stipendia militum,Suet. Ner. 32: “convivia in primam lucem,id. Caes. 52; cf.: “epulas a medio die ad mediam noctem,id. Ner. 27: “in serum dimicatione protractā,id. Aug. 17: “sermones,Vulg. Act. 20, 7.—Pass. in mid. force: quid diutius protrahor? why dwell longer on this? Vop. Tac. 6.—Absol.: “quinque horas protraxit,” i. e. he lingered for five hours, Suet. Ner. 33 fin.
3. To weary, detain too long: “ne diutius te protraham,Vulg. Act. 24, 4.—
4. To extend, increase (post-class.): “utrum hoc usque ad Graecum sermonem tantum protrahimus, an verum et ad alium ... dubitari potest,Dig. 45, 1, 1 fin.: “insolentiam,Val. Max. 1, 5, 8 (al. pertraheret).—
5. To bring or reduce to: “ad paupertatem protractus,Plaut. Trin. 1, 2, 72.
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