noun con·duct \ˈkän-(ˌ)dəkt\

: the way that a person behaves in a particular place or situation

: the way that something is managed or directed

Full Definition of CONDUCT

obsolete :  escort, guide
:  the act, manner, or process of carrying on :  management <praised for his conduct of the campaign>
:  a mode or standard of personal behavior especially as based on moral principles <questionable conduct>

Examples of CONDUCT

  1. A panel investigated her conduct and she was subsequently fired.
  2. <the President was happy to leave the conduct of foreign affairs to his secretary of state>

Origin of CONDUCT

Middle English, from Medieval Latin conductus, from Latin conducere
First Known Use: 15th century


verb con·duct \kən-ˈdəkt also ˈkän-ˌdəkt\

: to plan and do (something, such as an activity)

: to direct the performance of (musicians or singers)

: to guide or lead (someone) through or around a place

Full Definition of CONDUCT

transitive verb
:  to bring by or as if by leading :  guide <conduct tourists through a museum>
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>
a :  to convey in a channel
b :  to act as a medium for conveying or transmitting
:  to cause (oneself) to act or behave in a particular and especially in a controlled manner
intransitive verb
of a road or passage :  to show the way :  lead
a :  to act as leader or director
b :  to have the quality of transmitting light, heat, sound, or electricity
con·duct·ibil·i·ty \kən-ˌdək-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
con·duct·ible \-ˈdək-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of CONDUCT

  1. The police are conducting an investigation into last week's robbery.
  2. I like the way the company conducts business.
  3. The magazine conducted a survey.
  4. Who will be conducting the meeting?
  5. The committee is expected to conduct hearings in May.
  6. He conducts the choir with great skill and emotion.
  7. conducting the music of Mozart
  8. Our guide slowly conducted us through the museum.
  9. Our guide conducted us along the path.

First Known Use of CONDUCT

15th century

Synonym Discussion of CONDUCT

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>.
synonyms see in addition behave
CONDUCTING Defined for Kids


verb con·duct \kən-ˈdəkt\

Definition of CONDUCT for Kids

:  to plan and put into operation from a position of command :  lead <conduct a business>
:  2guide 1
:  behave 1 <She conducted herself with courtesy.>
:  to direct the performance of (musicians or singers)
:  to have the quality of transmitting light, heat, sound, or electricity

Synonym Discussion of CONDUCT

conduct, direct, and manage mean to provide the leadership or guidance for something. conduct means leading something in person. <I will conduct the meeting.> direct is used for guiding something that needs constant attention. <Our mayor directed the building of a new school.> manage means the handling of the small items of something (as a business) or the careful guiding of something to a goal. <He's managing the president's reelection campaign.>


noun con·duct \ˈkän-ˌdəkt\

Definition of CONDUCT for Kids

:  personal behavior
:  the act or way of managing something <the conduct of foreign trade>
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb con·duct \kən-ˈdəkt also ˈkän-ˌdəkt\

Medical Definition of CONDUCT

:  to act as a medium for conveying
intransitive verb
:  to have the quality of transmitting something (as light, heat, sound, or electricity)


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