Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin conductus, from Latin conducere
Date: 15th century
1. obsolete escort, guide
2. the act, manner, or process of carrying on ; management <praised for his conduct of the campaign> 3. a mode or standard of personal behavior especially as based on moral principles <questionable conduct> II. verb Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to bring by or as if by leading ; guide <conduct tourists through a museum> 2. a. to lead from a position of command <conduct a siege> <conduct a class> b. to direct or take part in the operation or management of <conduct an experiment> <conduct a business> <conduct an investigation> c. to direct the performance of <conduct an orchestra> <conduct an opera> 3. a. to convey in a channel b. to act as a medium for conveying or transmitting 4. to cause (oneself) to act or behave in a particular and especially in a controlled manner intransitive verb 1. of a road or passage to show the way ; lead 2. a. to act as leader or director b. to have the quality of transmitting light, heat, sound, or electricity • conductibility noun • conductible adjective Synonyms: conduct, manage, control, direct mean to use one's powers to lead, guide, or dominate. conduct implies taking responsibility for the acts and achievements of a group <conducted negotiations>. manage implies direct handling and manipulating or maneuvering toward a desired result <manages a meat market>. control implies a regulating or restraining in order to keep within bounds or on a course <controlling his appetite>. direct implies constant guiding and regulating so as to achieve smooth operation <directs the store's day-to-day business>. Synonym: see in addition behave.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.