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[noun kon-duhkt; verb kuhn-duhkt]
  1. personal behavior; way of acting; bearing or deportment.
  2. direction or management; execution: the conduct of a business.
  3. the act of conducting; guidance; escort: The curator's conduct through the museum was informative.
  4. Obsolete. a guide; an escort.
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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.
  3. to direct (an orchestra, chorus, etc.) as leader.
  4. to lead or guide; escort: to conduct a tour.
  5. to serve as a channel or medium for (heat, electricity, sound, etc.): Copper conducts electricity.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to lead.
  2. 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.
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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 formscon·duct·i·ble, adjectivecon·duct·i·bil·i·ty, nounnon·con·duc·ti·bil·i·ty, nounnon·con·duc·ti·ble, adjectivepre·con·duct, verb (used with object)re·con·duct, verb (used with object)un·con·duct·ed, adjectiveun·con·duct·i·ble, adjectivewell-con·duct·ed, adjective


Synonym study

1. See behavior. 8. See guide.
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Examples from the Web for reconduct

Historical Examples

  • "Of course if you insist," said he, and made ready to reconduct her.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • I was delighted with the demand, and promised to reconduct him on the morrow.

    The Man of Feeling

    Henry Mackenzie

  • Reconduct the others, sergeant, they are respited; this fellow alone is to undergo his sentence.'

  • Herr von Gondremark,” said he, “oblige me so far: reconduct the Princess to her own apartment.

  • First however they decided to return in their steps and reconduct their domestics out of the country.

British Dictionary definitions for reconduct


noun (ˈkɒndʌkt)
  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
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verb (kənˈdʌkt)
  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
  3. (tr) to do or carry outconduct a survey
  4. (tr) to behave or manage (oneself)the child conducted himself well
  5. to control or guide (an orchestra, choir, etc) by the movements of the hands or a batonAlso (esp US): direct
  6. to transmit (heat, electricity, etc)metals conduct heat
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Derived Formsconductible, adjectiveconductibility, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin conductus escorted, from Latin: drawn together, from condūcere to conduce
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Word Origin and History for reconduct



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.

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reconduct in Medicine


  1. To act as a medium for conveying something such as heat or electricity.
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  1. The way a person acts, especially from the standpoint of morality.
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Related formscon•ductive adj.
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