[noun kon-duhkt; verb kuhn-duhkt]


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.

Nearby words

  1. condorcet,
  2. condorcet, marie jean antoine nicolas caritat, marquis de,
  3. condottiere,
  4. conduce,
  5. conducive,
  6. conduct disorder,
  7. conductance,
  8. conductimetry,
  9. conducting,
  10. conducting tissue

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 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)

(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
Derived Formsconductible, adjectiveconductibility, noun

Word Origin for conduct

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for conducted




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 formscon•ductive adj.

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