- personal behavior; way of acting; bearing or deportment.
- direction or management; execution: the conduct of a business.
- the act of conducting; guidance; escort: The curator’s conduct through the museum was informative.
- Obsolete. a guide; an escort.
verb (used with object)
- to behave or manage (oneself): He conducted himself well.
- to direct in action or course; manage; carry on: to conduct a meeting; to conduct a test.
- to direct (an orchestra, chorus, etc.) as leader.
- to lead or guide; escort: to conduct a tour.
- to serve as a channel or medium for (heat, electricity, sound, etc.): Copper conducts electricity.
verb (used without object)
- to lead.
- to act as conductor, or leader of a musical group, by communicating to the performers by motions of a baton or the hands his or her interpretation of the music.
- the manner in which a person behaves; behaviour
- the way of managing a business, affair, etc; handling
- rare the act of guiding or leading
- rare a guide or leader
- (tr) to accompany and guide (people, a party, etc) (esp in the phrase conducted tour)
- (tr) to lead or direct (affairs, business, etc); control
- (tr) to do or carry outconduct a survey
- (tr) to behave or manage (oneself)the child conducted himself well
- to control or guide (an orchestra, choir, etc) by the movements of the hands or a batonAlso (esp US): direct
- to transmit (heat, electricity, etc)metals conduct heat
early 15c., “to guide,” from Latin conductus, past participle of conducere “to lead or bring together” (see conduce). Sense of “convey” is from early 15c.; that of “to direct, manage” is from 1630s; “to behave in a certain way” from c.1710; “to convey” from 1740. Related: Conducted; conducting. Earlier verb in the same sense was condyten (c.1400), related to conduit. The noun is from mid-15c., “guide” (in sauf conducte); sense of “behavior” is first recorded 1670s.
- To act as a medium for conveying something such as heat or electricity.
- The way a person acts, especially from the standpoint of morality.