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rēfert (or separately fert ), tŭlit, ferre, v. n. and
I.impers. (plur. rarely personal; v. II. infra) [res - fero; the ancients regarded rē in this word as derived from res; cf. Fest. s. v. refert, p. 282 Müll.]; prop., it follows from or in view of a thing, i. q. ex re est; hence, it is for one's interest or advantage, it profits; or, in gen., it befits, matters, imports, concerns, it is of importance or consequence (syn.: juvat, conducit, attinet; freq. and class.); constr.,
I. In all periods and in all kinds of composition, refert hoc (id, illud, etc., a subj.-clause) meā (tuā, etc., qs. fert re meā, tuā, etc.; cf. Prisc. p. 1077 P.) magni (pluris, quanti, etc., nihil, quid?), or absol.
(β). Hoc refert, etc.: “quomodo habeas, illud refert, jurene an injuriā,Plaut. Rud. 4, 4, 25: “ne illud quidem refert, consul an dictator an praetor spoponderit,Liv. 9, 9: “illud permagni referre arbitror, Ut ne scientem sentiat te id sibi dare,Ter. Heaut. 3, 1, 58: “primum illud parvi refert, nos publicanis amissis vectigalia postea victoria reciperare,Cic. Imp. Pomp. 7, 18: “magni quod refert,Lucr. 2, 760: “at quibus servis? refert enim magno opere id ipsum,Cic. Cael. 23, 57: quanti id refert? Vatin. ap. Cic. Fam. 5, 9, 1. — With subject-clause: “parvi retulit Non suscepisse,Ter. Phorm. 4, 3, 41; cf.: “parvi refert abs te ipso jus dici aequabiliter, nisi, etc.,Cic. Q. Fr. 1, 1, 7: “quanti refert, te nec recte dicere, qui nihili faciat?Plaut. Ps. 4, 6, 23: “meminero, sed quid meminisse id refert?id. Mil. 3, 1, 214: “quid mihi refert Chrysalo esse nomen, nisi, etc.,id. Bacch. 4, 4, 53: “quid te igitur rettulit Beneficum esse oratione, si, etc.,id. Ep. 1, 2, 13: “neque refert videre, quid dicendum sit, nisi, etc.,Cic. Brut. 29, 110: “neque enim numero comprehendere refert,nor indeed is it necessary, need we, Verg. G. 2, 104: nec dicaris aliquid, quod referret scire, reticuisse, Cael. ap. Cic. Fam. 8, 10, 2.—With inf. pass.: “jam nec mutari pabula refert,Verg. G. 3, 548; cf.: “plures e familiā cognosci referre arbitror,Suet. Ner. 1. — With a rel. subj.-clause (so most freq. in the class. per.): “ipsi animi magni refert quali in corpore locati sint,Cic. Tusc. 1, 33, 80: magni refert, hic quid velit, Caes. ap. Cic. Att. 14, 1, 2: “cum ego ista omnia bona dixero, tantum refert, quam magna dicam,Cic. Fin. 5, 30, 90: “quasi vero referat quam id saepe fiat,id. Div. 2, 29, 62: “quid refert, quā me ratione cogatis?id. Lael. 8, 26: “quid refert, utrum voluerim fieri, an gaudeam factum?id. Phil. 2, 12, 29: “quid refert, tanto post ad judices deferantur, an omnino non deferantur?id. Fl. 9, 21: “quae (aves) pascantur nec ne, quid refert?id. Div. 2, 34, 72: “tuo vitio rerumne labores, Nil referre putas?Hor. S. 1, 2, 77: “cum referre negas, quali sit quisque parente Natus,id. ib. 1, 6, 7 et saep.: “quod tu istis lacrimis te probare postulas, Non pluris refert, quam si imbrem in cribrum geras,Plaut. Ps. 1, 1, 100; cf.: “tantum retulerit, ut in transferendis seminibus similem statum caeli locique observemus,Col. 3, 9, 7. —
(γ). Refert, etc.: Do. Hae (tabellae) quid ad me? To. Immo ad te attinent, Et tuā refert, Plaut. Pers. 4, 3, 28: Ep. Tua pol refert enim? Ge. Si quidem meā refert, operā utere, id. Stich. 4, 2, 36: “quid tuā refert, qui cum istac venerit?id. Merc. 5, 2, 65: “non plus suā referre, quam si, etc.,Cic. Quint. 5, 19: “quos, cum nihil refert, pudet,Plaut. Ep. 2, 1, 1: “cum nihilo pluris referet, quam si, etc.,id. Bacch. 3, 4, 20: “nego et negando si quid refert, ravio,id. Poen. 3, 5, 33: “si servus est, numquid refert?id. Ps. 2, 4, 28: “quid refert, si hoc ipsum salsum illi et venustum videbatur?Cic. N. D. 1, 28, 79 et saep. — *
(δ). Entirely absol.: “bona Sejani ablata aerario, ut in fiscum cogerentur, tamquam referret,as though it mattered, as if there were any difference, Tac. A. 6, 2.—
II. Analogous to attinet, conducit, and interest; it is of importance; it belongs, relates, concerns, etc.; constr., refert hoc, id, etc. (once referunt haec), ad aliquem, alicui, alicujus, etc. (mostly ante-class. and post-Aug.; but, with alicujus, once in Sall. and once in Liv.): quam ad rem istuc refert? Plaut Ep. 2, 2, 91; cf.: “quid id ad me aut ad meam rem refert,id. Pers. 4, 3, 44: “refert etiam ad fructus, quemadmodum vicinus in confinio consitum agrum habeat,Varr. R. R. 1, 16 fin.— In plur.: “te ex puellā prius percontari volo, Quae ad rem referunt,Plaut. Pers. 4, 4, 44: “quoi rei id te assimulare rettulit?id. Truc. 2, 4, 40: “dic, quid referat intra Naturae fines viventi, jugera centum an Mille aret?Hor. S. 1, 1, 49: “quin et verba Flavii vulgabantur, non referre dedecori, si citharoedus demoveretur et tragoedus succederet,Tac. A. 15, 65: “faciundum aliquid, quod illorum magis quam suā retulisse videretur,Sall. J.111, 1: “praefatus ... et ipsorum referre, si quos suspectos status praesens rerum faceret,Liv. 34, 27, 6: “quorum nihil refert, ubi litium cardo vertatur,Quint. 12, 8, 2: “neque refert cujusquam, Punicas Romanasve acies laetius extuleris,Tac. A. 4, 33: “ipsius certe ducis hoc referre videtur,Juv. 16, 58: “plurimum refert compositionis, quae quibus anteponas,Quint. 9, 4, 44: “tu nihil referre iniquitatis existimas, exigas, quod deberi non oportuerit, an constituas, ut debeatur?Plin. Pan. 40 fin.: “quem insignire exempli nonnihil, non insignire humanitatis plurimum refert,id. Ep. 8, 22, 4: “nec minimo sane discrimine refert, Quo gestu lepores et quo gallina secetur,Juv. 5, 123. — Rarely with a subst. as subj.: “adeo magni refert studium atque voluptas, et quibus in rebus consuerint esse operati homines,Lucr. 4, 984: “adeo incessus in gravida refert,Plin. 7, 6, 5, § 42: “longitudo in his refert, non crassitudo,id. 18, 31, 74, § 317: “multum tamen in iis refert et locorum natura,id. 11, 51, 112, § 267: “plurimum refert soli cujusque ratio,id. 18, 21, 50, § 187.
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