- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for conducting
The U.S. campaign against ISIS leans on two pillars: conducting airstrikes, and beefing up local forces.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’
Nancy A. Youssef
January 6, 2015
Dave Eggers wrote What Is The What after conducting hundreds of hours of interviews with his protagonist.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
Another week, he caught scores of the rodents that had been conducting raids on vegetables.The Crazy Medieval Island of Sark
October 4, 2014
“We are not conducting air strikes in Iraq,” Cmdr. Smith said on Wednesday.Will U.S. Troops Stand By While ISIS Starves Thousands?
August 7, 2014
Conducting research for an earlier book, I was invited to spend five days at a high-level U.S. government institution.Writing a Novel: Even Making It Up Requires Research
July 16, 2014
In all this Eleazer had the air of conducting the case for the defendant.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Perhaps he may yet have the pleasure of Conducting some of us to that Station from which, etc., etc.
At this very moment he should be conducting himself as one of his class.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
The higher the conducting power the more copious were the currents.
But let me ask you, friend: have we not reached the plane-tree to which you were conducting us?Phaedrus
- 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
Word Origin and History for conducting
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.