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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To direct the course of; manage or control.
  • transitive v. To lead or guide. See Synonyms at accompany.
  • transitive v. Music To lead (an orchestra, for example).
  • transitive v. To serve as a medium for conveying; transmit: Some metals conduct heat.
  • transitive v. To comport (oneself) in a specified way: She conducted herself stoically in her time of grief.
  • intransitive v. To act as a conductor.
  • intransitive v. To lead.
  • n. The way a person acts, especially from the standpoint of morality and ethics.
  • n. The act of directing or controlling; management.
  • n. Obsolete A guide; an escort.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or method of controlling or directing
  • n. Skillful guidance or management; generalship.
  • n. The manner of guiding or carrying one's self; personal deportment; mode of action; behavior.
  • n. Plot; action; construction; manner of development.
  • v. To lead, or guide; to escort.
  • v. To lead, as a commander; to direct; to manage; to carry on; as, to conduct the affairs of a kingdom.
  • v. (reflexively to conduct oneself) To behave.
  • v. To serve as a medium for conveying; to transmit, as heat, light, electricity, etc.
  • v. To direct, as the leader in the performance of a musical composition.
  • v. To act as a conductor (as of heat, electricity, etc.); to carry.
  • v. To carry out (something organized)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or method of conducting; guidance; management.
  • n. Skillful guidance or management; generalship.
  • n. Convoy; escort; guard; guide.
  • n. That which carries or conveys anything; a channel; a conduit; an instrument.
  • n. The manner of guiding or carrying one's self; personal deportment; mode of action; behavior.
  • n. Plot; action; construction; manner of development.
  • intransitive v. To act as a conductor (as of heat, electricity, etc.); to carry.
  • intransitive v. To conduct one's self; to behave.
  • transitive v. To lead, or guide; to escort; to attend.
  • transitive v. To lead, as a commander; to direct; to manage; to carry on.
  • transitive v. To behave; -- with the reflexive.
  • transitive v. To serve as a medium for conveying; to transmit, as heat, light, electricity, etc.
  • transitive v. To direct, as the leader in the performance of a musical composition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To accompany and show the way to; guide; escort; lead.
  • To direct; act as leader of.
  • As a director of a musical performance. See conductor, 4.
  • To direct the course of; manage; carry on: as, he conducted his affairs with prudence.
  • Reflexively, to direct the action or conduct of; behave: as, he conducted himself nobly.
  • In physics, to carry, convey, transmit, or propagate: as, metal conducts heat better than wood.
  • In physics, to carry, convey, transmit, or propagate motion or energy; especially, to transmit electricity, heat, light, or sound.
  • To act as musical conductor.
  • To behave: used without the reflexive pronoun.
  • Hired; employed: as, “conduct prestis,”
  • n. The title of two clergymen appointed to read prayers at Eton College, England; a conductus.
  • n. The act of guiding or leading; guidance; escort.
  • n. The act of directing or controlling; management; administration.
  • n. A drawing out or development, as of the action of a poem or the plot of a drama or a novel.
  • n. Skilful management or administration; good generalship; tact and dexterity in affairs; address.
  • n. Personal behavior or practice; way of acting generally or on a particular occasion; course of action; deportment: as, laudable conduct; evil conduct.
  • n. . A conductor, guard, or convoy; an escort.
  • n. A passport. See safe-conduct.
  • n. That which conveys or carries; a channel; a conduit.
  • n. A tax levied by Charles I. of England for the purpose of paying the traveling-expenses of his soldiers. Also conduct-money. See coat-money.
  • n. The arrangement and composition of a picture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. lead, as in the performance of a composition
  • v. behave in a certain manner
  • v. transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
  • n. (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
  • v. lead musicians in the performance of
  • n. manner of acting or controlling yourself
  • v. take somebody somewhere
  • v. direct the course of; manage or control

Etymologies

Middle English conducten, from Latin condūcere, conduct-, to lead together; see conduce.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late Latin conductus ("defense, escort"), from Latin conductus, perfect passive participle of condūcō ("bring together"); see also conduce and conduit. (Wiktionary)

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