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προτῑμ-άω (Ion. προτῑμ-έω Heraclit.55; Phocian dat. pl. part. προτιμεόντοις Supp.Epigr.3.416.6 (Elatea, ii B.C.)), honour one before or above another, prefer one to another, τὴν σωτηρίαν τοῦ κέρδους, δίκην πλούτου, Antipho 2.2.5, Pl.Lg.913b, etc.; also π. ὑὸν ἀντὶ τῶν χρημάτων Id.Ly.219d; πρὸ ἀρετῆς κάλλος Id.Lg.727d; πλέον αὑτῶν ib.777d; βραχυλογίαν μᾶλλον ἢ μῆκος ib.887b.

2. c. acc. only, prefer in honour or esteem, ταῦτα ἐγὼ π. Heraclit. l.c.; οὐ π. τι A.Eu.739, etc., cf. Ag.1415; τὴν αὐτονομίαν οὐ π. v.l. in Th.8.64; π. τὴν ἀλήθειαν Arist.EN1096a16; π. τὸν ἄνδρα ἀξίως τῆς ἡμετέρας κρίσεως OGI244.34 (Daphne, ii B.C.):—
Pass., to be so preferred, Th. 6.9, Lys.6.50, OGI754 (Cilicia), etc.; μᾶλλον προτετίμηται τὸ κάλλος παρ' ἐκείνοις ἢ παρ' ἡμῖν Isoc.10.60; προτιμηθῆναι μάλιστα τῶν Ἑλλήνων X.An.1.6.5; προτιμᾶσθαι ἀποθανεῖν to be selected as a victim to be put to death, Th.1.133; προτιμᾶσθαι ἐς τὰ κοινά to be preferred to public honours, Id.2.37:—
Med., τὸν δ' οὐδ' ἂν ἡμιμναίου προτιμησαίμην X.Mem.2.5.3: fut. Med. in pass. sense, Id.An.1.4.14.

3. c. inf. folld. by ἤ .., wish rather, prefer, προτιμῶντες καθαροὶ εἶναι ἢ εὐπρεπέστεροι Hdt.2.37: c. inf. only, π. πολλοῦ ἐμοὶ ξεῖνος γενέσθαι valuing at a great price the privilege of becoming my friend, Id.3.21: c. acc. et inf., τὸν ἂν ἐγὼ πᾶσι τυράννοισι προετίμησα μεγάλων χρημάτων ἐς λόγους ἐλθεῖν the man for whom I should have wished, though it might cost me much money, the opportunity to address all princes, Id.1.86.

II. take heed of, reck of, with neg., μὴ προτιμήσῃς ὑλαγμάτων A.Ag.1672 (troch.); τῶν ἐν Ἀδμήτου κακῶν οὐδὲν προτιμῶν E.Alc.762; οὐδὲν προτιμῶ σου Ar.Pl.883, cf. D.7.16: c. part., χὠπότερον ἂν νῷν ἴδῃς ..-ήσαντά τι τυπτόμενον Ar.Ra.638, cf. 655: c. inf., care to do or be, ζῆν ..κακῶς κλύουσαν οὐκ ἀνασχετὸν ἥτις π. μὴ κακὴ πεφυκέναι S.Tr.722; οὐδὲν π. μηχανήσασθαι τέκνοις E.Med. 343: with ὅπως, εἰρήνη δ' ὅπως ἔσται προτιμῶσ' οὐδέν Ar.Ach. 27.