What does the word conduce mean?

Usage examples for conduce

  1. As the lands may now be considered as relieved from this pledge, it is in the discretion of Congress to dispose of them in such way as best to conduce to the quiet, harmony, and general interest of the American people. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  2. We are necessary to each other, and our mutual friendship must conduce to the happiness of both. – The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX by Various
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