American Dictionary of the English Language

Dictionary Search


CONDUCE, verb intransitive [Latin , to lead.] To lead or tend; to contribute; followed by to.

They may conduce to farther discoveries for completing the theory of light.

To conduce to includes the sense of aiding, tending to produce, or furnishing the means; hence it is sometimes equivalent to promote, advance, or further. Virtue conduces to the welfare of society. Religion conduces to temporal happiness. Temperance conduces to health and long life.

In the transitive sense, to conduct, it is not authorized.