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 (kən-do͞os′, -dyo͞os′)
intr.v. con·duced, con·duc·ing, con·duc·es
To contribute or lead to a specific result: "The quiet conduces to thinking about the darkening future" (George F. Will).

[Latin condūcere : com-, com- + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.]

con·duc′er n.
con·duc′ing·ly adv.


(foll by: to) to lead or contribute (to a result)
[C15: from Latin condūcere to lead together, from com- together + dūcere to lead]
conˈducer n
conˈducible adj
conˈducingly adv


(kənˈdus, -ˈdyus)

v.i. -duced, -duc•ing.
to lead or contribute to a result (usu. fol. by to or toward).
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin condūcere to lead, bring together =con- con- + dūcere to lead]
con•duc′er, n.
con•duc′i•ble, adj.


Past participle: conduced
Gerund: conducing

I conduce
you conduce
he/she/it conduces
we conduce
you conduce
they conduce
I conduced
you conduced
he/she/it conduced
we conduced
you conduced
they conduced
Present Continuous
I am conducing
you are conducing
he/she/it is conducing
we are conducing
you are conducing
they are conducing
Present Perfect
I have conduced
you have conduced
he/she/it has conduced
we have conduced
you have conduced
they have conduced
Past Continuous
I was conducing
you were conducing
he/she/it was conducing
we were conducing
you were conducing
they were conducing
Past Perfect
I had conduced
you had conduced
he/she/it had conduced
we had conduced
you had conduced
they had conduced
I will conduce
you will conduce
he/she/it will conduce
we will conduce
you will conduce
they will conduce
Future Perfect
I will have conduced
you will have conduced
he/she/it will have conduced
we will have conduced
you will have conduced
they will have conduced
Future Continuous
I will be conducing
you will be conducing
he/she/it will be conducing
we will be conducing
you will be conducing
they will be conducing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been conducing
you have been conducing
he/she/it has been conducing
we have been conducing
you have been conducing
they have been conducing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been conducing
you will have been conducing
he/she/it will have been conducing
we will have been conducing
you will have been conducing
they will have been conducing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been conducing
you had been conducing
he/she/it had been conducing
we had been conducing
you had been conducing
they had been conducing
I would conduce
you would conduce
he/she/it would conduce
we would conduce
you would conduce
they would conduce
Past Conditional
I would have conduced
you would have conduced
he/she/it would have conduced
we would have conduced
you would have conduced
they would have conduced
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.conduce - be conducive to; "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
encourage, promote, further, boost, advance - contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"


To have a share, as in an act or result; have a hand in:
Idiom: take part.


[kənˈdjuːs] VI to conduce toconducir a


vi to conduce to (form)förderlich sein (+dat)
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They both have vehement wishes; they frame themselves readily into imaginations and suggestions; and they come easily into the eye, especially upon the present of the objects; which are the points that conduce to fascination, if any such thing there be.
Living in the thick of the horde did not conduce to monogamy.
As to what remains, I am now in a position to discern, as I think, with sufficient clearness what course must be taken to make the majority those experiments which may conduce to this end: but I perceive likewise that they are such and so numerous, that neither my hands nor my income, though it were a thousand times larger than it is, would be sufficient for them all; so that according as henceforward I shall have the means of making more or fewer experiments, I shall in the same proportion make greater or less progress in the knowledge of nature.
Administration, as a matter of fact, does not consist in forcing more or less wise methods and ideas upon the great mass of the nation, but in giving to the ideas, good or bad, that they already possess a practical turn which will make them conduce to the general welfare of the State.
at threeandtwenty to be the king of his companythe great man the practised politician, who is to read every body's character, and make every body's talents conduce to the display of his own superiority; to be dispensing his flatteries around, that he may make all appear like fools compared with himself!
I was but a speck among a myriad of other things produced by the hand of the Creator, and all to conduce to his own wise ends and unequaled glory.
The Epic has here an advantage, and one that conduces to grandeur of effect, to diverting the mind of the hearer, and relieving the story with varying episodes.