[ noun kon-duhkt; verb kuhn-duhkt ]
See synonyms for: conductconductedconducting on

  1. personal behavior; way of acting; bearing or deportment.

  2. direction or management; administration: the conduct of a business.

  1. the act of conducting; guidance: The curator's conduct through the museum was informative.

  2. Obsolete. a guide; an escort.

verb (used with object)
  1. to behave or manage (oneself): He conducted himself well.

  2. to direct in action or course; manage; carry on: to conduct a meeting;to conduct a test.

  1. to direct (an orchestra, chorus, etc.) as leader.

  2. to lead or guide; escort: to conduct a tour.

  3. to serve as a channel or medium for (heat, electricity, sound, etc.): Copper conducts electricity.

verb (used without object)
  1. to lead.

  2. to act as conductor, or leader of a musical group, by communicating a specific interpretation of the music to the performers by motions of a baton or the hands.

Origin of conduct

First recorded in 1250–1300; late Middle English, from Medieval Latin conductus “escort,” noun use of Latin conductus (past participle of condūcere “to lead, bring together”), equivalent to con- con- + duc- “to lead” + -tus past participle suffix; replacing Middle English conduyt(e), from Anglo-French, from Latin as above; see conduit;conduce

synonym study For conduct

1. See behavior.

Other words for conduct

Other words from conduct

  • con·duct·i·ble, adjective
  • con·duct·i·bil·i·ty [kuhn-duhk-tuh-bil-i-tee], /kənˌdʌk təˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noun
  • non·con·duc·ti·bil·i·ty, noun
  • non·con·duc·ti·ble, adjective
  • pre·con·duct, verb (used with object)
  • re·con·duct, verb (used with object)
  • un·con·duct·i·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use conduct in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for conduct


  1. the manner in which a person behaves; behaviour

  2. the way of managing a business, affair, etc; handling

  1. rare the act of guiding or leading

  2. rare a guide or leader

  1. (tr) to accompany and guide (people, a party, etc) (esp in the phrase conducted tour)

  2. (tr) to lead or direct (affairs, business, etc); control

  1. (tr) to do or carry out: conduct a survey

  2. (tr) to behave or manage (oneself): the child conducted himself well

  3. to control or guide (an orchestra, choir, etc) by the movements of the hands or a baton: Also (esp US): direct

  4. to transmit (heat, electricity, etc): metals conduct heat

Origin of conduct

C15: from Medieval Latin conductus escorted, from Latin: drawn together, from condūcere to conduce

Derived forms of conduct

  • conductible, adjective
  • conductibility, noun

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