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[kuhn-doos, -dyoos]
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verb (used without object), con·duced, con·duc·ing.
  1. to lead or contribute to a result (usually followed by to or toward): qualities that conduce to success.
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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


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Related Words

advance, help, lead, assist, participate, forward, aid, partake

Examples from the Web for conduce

Historical Examples

  • Must we not select that to which the art of fighting in armour is supposed to conduce?



  • And would his seeing her conduce most to her own success, or to Margaret's?

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope

  • There are many causes which conduce to this partial distribution.

    Apologia Diffidentis

    W. Compton Leith

  • And now, sir, what can I make or have made for you which will conduce to your comfort?


    Augusta Jane Evans Wilson

  • There are tables and chairs in numbers, and nothing seemed neglected, which could conduce even to the comfort of the readers.

British Dictionary definitions for conduce


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

Word Origin

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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