- 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
Synonyms for conduct
Examples from the Web for well-conducted
Historical Examples of well-conducted
If they 'd have called you Peter, you 'd have been a well-conducted poor creature.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
The managers of all our well-conducted railroads understand this.The Road and the Roadside
Burton Willis Potter
And you can swear that she is a pure-minded and well-conducted girl?Serapis, Complete
Never mind the shop people; we're well-conducted, and that's all they care for.Rhoda Fleming, Complete
There was not a trace of the well-conducted post of a short time before.Tenting on the Plains
Elizabeth B. Custer
- (of research, business, an operation, etc) led, conducted, or carried out in a satisfactory manner
- (of a person or animal) behaving in a satisfactory mannerwell-conducted, tidy creatures
- 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 for conduct
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.