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conquīro (-quaero ), quīsīvi (arch. form CONQVAESEIVEI in inscrr.:
I.conquisierit,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 1, § 1; id. Rab. Perd. 5, 15), quīsītum, 3, v. a. quaero, to seelc or search for, to procure, bring together, collect (class.; esp. freq. in the histt.).
I. In gen.
B. Trop., to seek after, search for, go in quest of, to make search for (esp. freq. in Cic. and Tac.): “conquisita diu dulcique reperta labore carmina,Lucr. 3, 419: “suavitates undique,Cic. Off. 3, 33, 117: “voluptates,Caes. B. C. 3, 96; cf.: “conquirere et comparare voluptatem,Cic. Fin. 1, 13, 42; id. Ac. 2, 27, 87: “vetera exempla,id. de Or. 3, 8, 29: “piacula irae deum,Liv. 40, 37, 2: “impedimenta,Tac. A. 1, 47: “solacia,id. ib. 12, 68: “argumenta,id. ib. 14, 44: “causas,id. Or. 15: “naturae primas causas,Cic. Univ. 14 med.: “omnes artes ad opprimendum eum,Tac. A. 15, 56.—
II. Esp. (con intens.), to seek for with earnestness, to search out eagerly or carefully (rare but class.).
A. Lit.: “Diodorum tota provincia,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 19, § 39: “(Liberam) investigare et conquirere,id. ib. 2, 4, 48, § 106: terrā marique conquiri, Vatin. ap. Cic. Fam. 5, 9, 2: “conquirere consulem et sepelire,Liv. 22, 52, 6: “eum ad necem,Vell. 2, 41, 2; Nep. Timol. 3, 1; Suet. Vit. 10.—
B. Trop.: “aliquid sceleris et flagitii,to seek to commit, Cic. Agr. 2, 35, 96.—Hence, conquīsītus , a, um, P. a. (acc. to II.), sought out, chosen, costly: “conquisiti atque electi coloni,Cic. Agr. 2, 35, 96: peregrina et conquisita medicamenta, Cels. 5, 26, 23: figurae (opp. obviae dicenti), * Quint. 9, 3, 5.—Sup.: “mensae conquisitissimis epulis exstruebantur,Cic. Tusc. 5, 21, 62.—Comp. prob. not in use.—Adv.: conquīsītē , carefully, with much pains (ante- and post-class., and only in posit.): conquisite commercata edulia, Afran. ap. Non. p. 28, 30: “conquisite admodum scripsit Varro,Gell. 3, 10, 16; cf.: “conquisite conscripsimus (corresp. with diligenter),Auct. Her. 2, 31, 50.
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