4. To serve as a medium for conveying; transmit: Some metals conduct heat.
5. To comport (oneself) in a specified way: She conducted herself stoically in her time of grief.
1. To act as a conductor.
2. To lead.
1. The way a person acts, especially from the standpoint of morality and ethics.
2. The act of directing or controlling; management.
3. Obsolete A guide; an escort.
[Middle English conducten, from Latin condcere, conduct-, to lead together; see conduce.]
Synonyms: conduct, direct, manage, control, steer1 These verbs mean to exercise direction over an activity: Conduct can apply to the guidance, authority, and responsibility of a single person: The chairperson conducted the hearing. It can also refer to the coordinated actions of a group: The elections were conducted fairly. Direct stresses regulation to assure proper planning and implementation: The seasoned politician directed a brilliant political campaign. Manage suggests the manipulation of a person, a group, or, often, a complex organization: It takes skill to manage a hotel. Control stresses regulation through restraint and also connotes domination: Our vice-president controls the firms personnel policies. Steer suggests guidance that controls direction or course: I deftly steered the conversation away from politics. See Also Synonyms at accompany, behavior.