[n. kon-duhkt; v. kuhn-duhkt]
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, especially of a musical group.

1250–1300; late Middle English < Medieval Latin conductus escort, noun use of Latin conductus (past participle of condūcere to conduce), equivalent to con- con- + duc- lead + -tus past participle suffix; replacing Middle English conduyt(e) < Anglo-French < Latin as above; see conduit

conductible, adjective
conductibility, noun
nonconductibility, noun
nonconductible, adjective
preconduct, verb (used with object)
reconduct, verb (used with object)
unconducted, adjective
unconductible, adjective
well-conducted, adjective

1. demeanor, comportment, actions, manners. See behavior. 2. guidance, administration. 5. deport, bear. 6. supervise, administer. 8. See guide. Unabridged
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1.  the manner in which a person behaves; behaviour
2.  the way of managing a business, affair, etc; handling
3.  rare the act of guiding or leading
4.  rare a guide or leader
5.  (tr) to accompany and guide (people, a party, etc) (esp in the phrase conducted tour)
6.  (tr) to lead or direct (affairs, business, etc); control
7.  (tr) to do or carry out: conduct a survey
8.  (tr) to behave or manage (oneself): the child conducted himself well
9.  Also (esp US): direct to control or guide (an orchestra, choir, etc) by the movements of the hands or a baton
10.  to transmit (heat, electricity, etc): metals conduct heat
[C15: from Medieval Latin conductus escorted, from Latin: drawn together, from condūcere to conduce]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from L. conductus, pp. of conducere "to lead or bring together" (see conduce). Noun sense of "behavior" is first recorded 1670s; verb sense of "convey" is from early 15c.
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Medical Dictionary

conduct con·duct (kən-dŭkt')
v. con·duct·ed, con·duct·ing, con·ducts
To act as a medium for conveying something such as heat or electricity. n.
(kŏn'dŭkt') The way a person acts, especially from the standpoint of morality.

con·duc'tive adj.
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Example sentences
His infractions included conduct unbecoming an officer, using intemperate language and being drunk on duty.
So of course there has been little done in this area to conduct scientific
After taking a year of leave to conduct research, he said, he will return to
  the university as a professor of music.
It is important to conduct yourself professionally in all work-related
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