re conduct


[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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