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[n. kon-duhkt; v. kuh n-duhkt] /n. ˈkɒn dʌkt; v. kənˈdʌkt/
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.
Origin of conduct
late Middle English
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
Related forms
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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Examples from the Web for conducted
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  • With the help of the Colonna, who conducted him to Marino, he reached Ferrara in disguise.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • Yet he conducted these two vocations on principles diametrically opposite.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • He was superficially interested, and I was conducted to the vaults.

  • In this way the business of the people has been conducted for years; and what is the result?

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
  • Still, they were in doubt as to the mode in which the search should be conducted.

    Guy Fawkes Thomas Lathbury
British Dictionary definitions for conducted


noun (ˈkɒndʌkt)
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
verb (kənˈdʌkt)
(transitive) to accompany and guide (people, a party, etc) (esp in the phrase conducted tour)
(transitive) to lead or direct (affairs, business, etc); control
(transitive) to do or carry out: conduct a survey
(transitive) 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 baton Also (esp US) direct
to transmit (heat, electricity, etc): metals conduct heat
Derived Forms
conductible, adjective
conductibility, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin conductus escorted, from Latin: drawn together, from condūcere to conduce
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Word Origin and History for conducted



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.

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conducted in Medicine

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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