AskDefine | Define conduct

Dictionary Definition



1 manner of acting or conducting yourself [syn: behavior, behaviour, doings]
2 (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people [syn: demeanor, demeanour, behavior, behaviour, deportment]


1 direct the course of; manage or control; "You cannot conduct business like this" [syn: carry on, deal]
2 lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years" [syn: lead, direct]
3 behave in a certain manner; "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times" [syn: behave, acquit, bear, deport, comport, carry]
4 transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; "Sound carries well over water"; "The airwaves carry the sound"; "Many metals conduct heat" [syn: transmit, convey, carry, channel]
5 take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace" [syn: lead, take, direct, guide]
6 lead musicians in the performance of; "Bernstein conducted Mahler like no other conductor"; "she cannot conduct modern pieces"

User Contributed Dictionary



conductus, from etyl la conductus, perfect passive participle of conducere; see also conduce and conduit


  • a noun
    • (RP): /ˈkɒndʌkt/, /"kQndVkt/
    • (US): kŏn'dŭkt, /ˈkɑndʌkt/, /"kAndVkt/
  • a verb kəndŭkt', /kənˈdʌkt/, /k@n"dVkt/
    Rhymes: -ʌkt


  1. The act or method of controlling or directing
    Christianity has humanized the conduct of war. - Paley?.
  2. Skillful guidance or management; generalship.
    Conduct of armies is a prince's art. - Waller?.
  3. The manner of guiding or carrying one's self; personal deportment; mode of action; behavior.
    He carried himself with a distinguished conduct.
  4. In the context of "of a literary work": Plot; action; construction; manner of development.


act or method of controlling or directing
Skillful guidance or management; generalship
  • Finnish: johtaminen
  • Russian: управление, руководство
manner of guiding or carrying one's self
plot of a literary work


  1. To lead, or guide; to escort; to attend.
    I can conduct you, lady, to a low But loyal cottage, where you may be safe. - John Milton.
  2. To lead, as a commander; to direct; to manage; to carry on; as, to conduct the affairs of a kingdom.
    Little skilled in the art of conducting a siege. - Prescott?.
  3. (reflexively to conduct oneself) To behave.
    he conducted himself well.
  4. To serve as a medium for conveying; to transmit, as heat, light, electricity, etc.
  5. transitive music To direct, as the leader in the performance of a musical composition.
  6. To act as a conductor (as of heat, electricity, etc.); to carry.


lead or guide
  • Finnish: johtaa, opastaa, saattaa
  • Russian: провожать , проводить ; сопровождать , сопроводить
  • Spanish: guiar
  • Swedish: föra, leda, ledsaga
direct or manage
reflexively: behave
  • Finnish: käyttäytyä
  • French: se comporter
  • Italian: comportarsi
  • Russian: вести себя
  • Spanish: comportarse
  • Swedish: uppföra sig
to serve as a medium for conveying
  • Finnish: johtaa
  • Russian: проводить
  • Spanish: conducir
  • Swedish: föra, leda
music: to direct
  • Finnish: johtaa
  • Hungarian: vezényel
  • Russian: дирижировать
  • Spanish: dirigir
  • Swedish: anföra, dirigera, leda
act as a conductor (of heat, electricity, etc.)
  • Finnish: johtaa
  • Russian: проводить
  • Spanish: conducir
  • Swedish: leda

Extensive Definition

Conduct may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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