[ kuhn-doos, -dyoos ]
/ kənˈdus, -ˈdyus /

verb (used without object), con·duced, con·duc·ing.

to lead or contribute to a result (usually followed by to or toward): qualities that conduce to success.

Nearby words

  1. condone,
  2. condor,
  3. condorcet,
  4. condorcet, marie jean antoine nicolas caritat, marquis de,
  5. condottiere,
  6. conducive,
  7. conduct,
  8. conduct disorder,
  9. conductance,
  10. conductimetry

Origin of conduce

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin condūcere to lead, bring together, equivalent to con- con- + dūcere to lead, akin to dux (see duke) and to tow1, tug

Related formscon·duc·er, nouncon·duc·i·ble, adjectiveun·con·duc·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for conduce


/ (kənˈdjuːs) /


(intr foll by to) to lead or contribute (to a result)
Derived Formsconducer, nounconducible, adjectiveconducingly, adverb

Word Origin for conduce

C15: from Latin condūcere to lead together, from com- together + dūcere to lead

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Word Origin and History for conduce



c.1400, from Latin conducere "to lead or bring together, contribute, serve," from com- "together" (see com-) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)).

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