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con-dūco , xi, ctum, 3, v. a. and n.
I. Act., to draw, bring, or lead together, to assemble, collect (class. in prose and poetry).
A. In gen.
1. Of persons (esp. freq. of the collecting, assembling of troops in any place): milites de castellis ad castra, Sisenn. ap. Non. p. 514, 7: “populum in forum,Varr. ib. p. 274, 20: “exercitum in unum locum,Caes. B. G. 2, 2: “eo copias omnes,id. B. C. 3, 13 fin.: “copias suas,id. B. G. 6, 31 init.; cf. “auxilia,Liv. 30, 21, 3; 23, 13, 8: “dispersas suorum copias,Tac. H. 4, 71: “virgines unum in locum,Cic. Inv. 2, 1, 3: “omnis clientes suos eodem,Caes. B. G. 1, 4: “milites in unum,Sall. J. 51, 3; cf. Tac. A. 4, 47.—
2. Of inanimate objects: “vineas,Cic. Phil. 8, 6, 17: “nubila,Ov. M. 1, 572 al.
B. Esp.,
1. Intens., to connect, unite, by bringing together, = cogo, colligo.
a. Prop. (so several times in Lucr., elsewhere rare): “partes in unum,Lucr. 1, 398; 3, 533; cf. id. 1, 651; 6, 968; Vitr. 8, 1 fin.: “cortice ramos,Ov. M. 4, 375: “lac,to coagulate, curdle, Col. 7, 8, 1: “conducere musculum aut laxare,to contract, Cael. Aur. Tard. 2, 1, n. 8: “ubi sunt nervi, interiores conducunt membra,Plin. 11, 37, 88, § 218: “vulnera cerā,to close up, Val. Fl. 1, 479 al.
b. Trop.: “propositionem et assumptionem in unum,Cic. Inv. 1, 40, 73; cf. Quint. 5, 14, 9: “omnia probra in deorum maledicta,Arn. 4, p. 146: “dies adeo conductus,” i. e. short, Sol. 22.—
2. T. t. of the lang. of business, to hire, take on lease, to farm (correlative of locare; cf. Dig. 19, 2, 1; very freq. and class.).
a. To hire for one's use, to hire, rent, employ; of things: “aedes aliquas mihi,Plaut. Merc. 3, 2, 17; Suet. Tib. 35; cf.: domum in Palatio, Cic. Cael. 7, 18; id. Q. Fr. 2, 3, 7: “hortum,id. Fam. 16, 18, 2: “qui colonus habuit conductum de Caesenniā fundum,id. Caecin. 32, 94: “habitationem in annum,Dig. 19, 2, 19: “ad certum tempus,ib. 19, 2, 14: “insulam,ib. 19, 2, 30: “conduxi domum a te,Sen. Ben. 7, 5, 2: “nummos,to borrow, Hor. S. 1, 2, 9; cf. “pecuniam,Juv. 11, 46.—Esp., of persons: “ille qui me conduxit, ubi conduxit, abduxit domum,Plaut. Trin. 4, 2, 11: “cocum,id. Ps. 3, 2, 10 and 15; id. Aul. 2, 4, 1: “fidicinam, quae cantaret sibi,id. Ep. 2, 3, 10: “meretricem,id. Bacch. 5, 1, 11; cf. id. Am. 1, 1, 131; Nep. praef. § 4; and poet.: “torum,Ov. Am. 1, 10, 44: “consulem vestrum ad caedem faciendam,Cic. Prov. Cons. 4, 9: “praeceptores publice,Plin. Ep. 4, 13, 6: “choragum,Suet. Aug. 70: “homines,Caes. B. G. 2, 1; so, militem (the Gr. ξενολογεῖν), to hire soldiers, Curt. 3, 1, 1; 3, 9, 2 al.; cf. the foll. subst.—With ut or quin: aliquem uti taceat, to hire, bribe, employ, Cato ap. Gell. 1, 15, 10; cf.: “tribus non conduci possim libertatibus, quin, etc.,could not be hired, Plaut. Cas. 2, 8, 68; cf. Lucil. ap. Non. p. 274, 21: “mercede aliquem,Cic. Off. 2, 6, 22: “mercede diurnā conductus,Hor. S. 2, 7, 18: “pictorem magno pretio,Cic. Inv. 2, 1, 1.—Subst.
(α). conducti , ōrum, m., hirelings, mercenary soldiers, Hor. A. P. 431; Nep. Dat. 8, 2; cf. Liv. 30, 7, 10; 30, 21, 3; 23, 13, 8 al.—Hence, poet.: “bella conducta,carried on by mercenary troops, Sil. 5, 196. —
(β). conductum , i, n., any thing hired, esp. a house, dwelling, etc., Cic. Clu. 62, 175; Sen. Ben. 7, 5, 3; Petr. 9, 4; Dig. 9, 3, 1; cf.: “locati conducti,ib. 19, 2 tit.: actio ex conducto, an action upon a lease or contract, ib. 19, 2, 19, §§ 4 and 8 al.—
b. To undertake any service (building, transportation, the customs, etc.), to contract for, farm: “caedundum illum (agnum) ego conduxi,Plaut. Aul. 3, 6, 31; cf.: “caedundos agnos,id. Capt. 4, 2, 39: “redemptor, qui columnam illam de Cottā conduxerat faciendam,Cic. Div. 2, 21, 47: “locare faciendum quod ego conduxeram,Dig. 19, 2, 48; so, “mulierem vehendam nave,ib. 19, 2, 19: “aliquem docendum,ib. 19, 2, 13, § 3; 13, 6, 19: “praebenda, quae ad exercitum opus essent,to undertake the supplies, Liv. 23, 48, 11: “vectigalia,to farm, Cic. Att. 1, 17, 9; Liv. 43, 16, 2: “tabulas in Italiam portandas,Vell. 1, 13, 4; so, “portorium,Cic. Inv. 1, 30, 47 al.
II. Neutr., to contribute to something by being useful, to be of use or profitable, to profit, serve, etc. (syn.: convenit, utile est; class.; used only in the 3d pers. of the sing. and plur.); constr. with in, ad aliquid, the dat., or absol.
(α). With in: “quod tuam in rem bene conducat,Plaut. Cist. 3, 4; so, maxime in rempublicam, Sisenn. ap. Non. p. 274, 29: “in commune,Tac. A. 2, 38.—
(δ). Absol.: “dubitare non possumus. quin ea maxime conducant, quae sunt rectissima,Cic. Fam. 5, 19, 2: “conducere arbitror talibus auris tuas vocibus undique circumsonare,id. Off. 3, 2, 5.—Hence, P. a. as subst.; v. I. C. 2. β fin. supra.— Adv.: condūcenter , becomingly, fitly, Gell. 16, 12, 4.
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