[ 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.

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

Opposites for conduce

Other words from conduce

  • con·duc·er, noun
  • con·duc·i·ble, adjective
  • un·con·duc·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use conduce in a sentence

  • This, though it takes up much time in copying, conduces little to improvement.

    Seven Discourses on Art | Joshua Reynolds
  • An act which conduces to human welfare is good, one that militates against it is bad.

  • Using two or more cylinders conduces to steady power generation and a lessening of vibration.

    Aviation Engines | Victor Wilfred Pag
  • And in this sense the active life precedes the contemplative, for it conduces to it, as we have already said.

  • The Count of Ferroll was a favourite in English society, for he possessed every quality which there conduces to success.

    Endymion | Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for conduce


/ (kənˈdjuːs) /

  1. (intr foll by to) to lead or contribute (to a result)

Origin of conduce

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

Derived forms of conduce

  • conducer, noun
  • conducible, adjective
  • conducingly, adverb

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