prodigar
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prodigar(
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gahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (dar generosamente)
a. to lavish
Una madre nunca deja de prodigar su amor en sus hijos.A mother never stops lavishing her love on her children.
b. to be lavish with
Martha prodigó la clase en elogios por su comportamiento en la excursión.Martha was lavish with her praise of the class for the way they behaved on the trip.
c. to be generous with
Es admirable ver cómo Jaime siempre prodiga su tiempo para ayudar a otros.It's admirable to see how Jaime is always so generous with his time when it comes to helping others.
2. (to waste)
a. to squander
Ernesto prodigó la fortuna que heredó de sus padres y quedó en la ruina.Ernesto squandered the fortune inherited from his parents, and ended up broke.
prodigarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to be profusive; used with "en")
a. to be generous with
En la reunión del colegio, los profesores se prodigaron en elogios hacia nuestros hijos.At the school meeting, the teachers were generous with their praise of our children.
b. to be lavish with
Los padres de Ceci se prodigaron en atenciones con la familia de su prometido.Ceci's parents were lavish with the attention they bestowed on her fiance's family.
4. (to show off)
a. to appear
No se sabe mucho de ese candidato, pues casi no se prodiga en la tele.Not much is known about that candidate because he doesn't appear on TV much.
b. to show up
Desde su divorcio, Carmen anda prodigándose en cuanto evento social hay en la ciudad.Since her divorce, Carmen has been showing up at any social event on in town.
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prodigar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a.
prodigar algo a alguiento lavish something on somebody
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (exhibirse)
a. to appear a lot in public
3. (excederse)
a.
prodigarse ento be lavish with
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prodigar
transitive verb
(dar mucho) to lavish; give lavishly; (despilfarrar) to squander
prodiga las alabanzas he is lavish in his praise; nos prodigó sus atenciones he was very generous in his kindnesses to us; prodigar algo a algn to lavish sb with sth; lavish sth on sb
pronominal verb
prodigarse
1 (ser generoso) to be generous with what one has; (with what one has)
se prodigaron en alabanzas they were lavish with o in their praise
2 (dejarse ver) to show o.s.
no te prodigas mucho que digamos we don't see much of you to say the least
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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