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conduct (v.)

early 15c., "to guide, accompany and show the way," from Latin conductus, past participle of conducere "to lead or bring together; contribute, serve," from assimilated form of com "with, together" (see con-) + ducere "to lead" (from PIE root *deuk- "to lead").

Sense of "to lead, command, direct, manage" is from mid-15c., originally military. General meaning "to direct, manage, act as leader of" is from 1630s; especially of a musical performance (1791).

Meaning "behave in a certain way" is from 1710. In physics, "to carry, convey, transmit," 1740. Related: Conducted; conducting. An earlier verb in the same sense was condyten (c. 1400), which goes with conduit.

To conduct is to lead along, hence to attend with personal supervision; it implies the determination of the main features of administration and the securing of thoroughness in those who carry out the commands; it is used of both large things and small, but generally refers to a definite task, coming to an end or issue: as, to conduct a religious service, a funeral, a campaign. [Century Dictionary]

Origin and meaning of conduct

conduct (n.)

mid-15c., "action of guiding or leading, guide" (in sauf conducte), from Medieval Latin conductus, from past-participle stem of Latin conducere "to lead or bring together," from assimilated form of com "with, together" (see con-) + ducere "to lead" (from PIE root *deuk- "to lead"). Sense of "personal behavior" is first recorded 1670s. A doublet of conduit.

Origin and meaning of conduct

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Definitions of conduct
1
conduct (v.)
direct the course of; manage or control;
You cannot conduct business like this
Synonyms: carry on / deal
conduct (v.)
lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years";
Synonyms: lead / direct
conduct (v.)
behave in a certain manner;
They conducted themselves well during these difficult times
Synonyms: behave / acquit / bear / deport / comport / carry
conduct (v.)
take somebody somewhere;
He conducted us to the palace
Synonyms: lead / take / direct / guide
conduct (v.)
transmit or serve as the medium for transmission;
Many metals conduct heat
Synonyms: impart / transmit / convey / carry / channel
conduct (v.)
lead musicians in the performance of;
Bernstein conducted Mahler like no other conductor
she cannot conduct modern pieces
2
conduct (n.)
manner of acting or controlling yourself;
Synonyms: behavior / behaviour / doings
conduct (n.)
(behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people;
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