[ noun kon-duhkt; verb kuhn-duhkt ]
/ noun ˈkɒn dʌkt; verb kənˈdʌkt /


verb (used with object)

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

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

Synonym study

1. See behavior. 8. See guide. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for conduct


noun (ˈkɒndʌkt)

verb (kənˈdʌkt)

Derived Forms

conductible, adjectiveconductibility, noun

Word Origin for conduct

C15: from Medieval Latin conductus escorted, from Latin: drawn together, from condūcere to conduce
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Medicine definitions for conduct


[ kən-dŭkt ]


To act as a medium for conveying something such as heat or electricity.


The way a person acts, especially from the standpoint of morality.

Related forms

con•ductive adj.
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