conduct

verb
con·​duct | \ kən-ˈdəkt also ˈkän-ˌdəkt How to pronounce conduct (audio) \
conducted; conducting; conducts

Definition of conduct

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to direct or take part in the operation or management of conduct an experiment conduct a business conduct an investigation
b : to direct the performance of conduct an orchestra conduct an opera
c : to lead from a position of command conduct a siege conduct a class
2 : to cause (oneself) to act or behave in a particular and especially in a controlled manner conducted herself in a professional manner
3 : to bring by or as if by leading : guide conduct tourists through a museum
4a : to convey in a channel
b : to act as a medium for conveying or transmitting Metals conduct electricity well.

intransitive verb

1 of a road or passage : to show the way : lead
2a : to act as leader or director
b : to have the quality of transmitting light, heat, sound, or electricity

conduct

noun
con·​duct | \ ˈkän-(ˌ)dəkt How to pronounce conduct (audio) \

Definition of conduct (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from conduct

Verb

conductibility \ kən-​ˌdək-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce conductibility (audio) \ noun
conductible \ kən-​ˈdək-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce conductible (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for conduct

Verb

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

Verb

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.

Examples of conduct in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

A panel investigated her conduct and she was subsequently fired. the President was happy to leave the conduct of foreign affairs to his secretary of state
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In all, some 300 people from across the world will have conducted studies on the ice. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Marooned: Researchers Will Freeze Their Ship into Arctic Ocean Ice for a Year," 17 Sep. 2019 In the locked unit of the hospital, the nurses conducted drug tests and blood work. Rebecca Chamaa, Glamour, "This Is What It’s Like to Live With Paranoid Schizophrenia," 16 Sep. 2019 Now, Nadler’s committee is conducting an investigation that may lead to the drafting of articles upon which the whole House will subsequently vote. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Schrödinger’s Impeachment," 16 Sep. 2019 Letters went out to the four companies from the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee and its subcommittee on antitrust, which has been conducting a sweeping antitrust investigation of the companies and their impact on competition and consumers. Marcy Gordon, USA TODAY, "Congress asks Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon for documents in Big Tech bipartisan probe," 13 Sep. 2019 The city conducted a nationwide search earlier this year, and 40 people applied for the position. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Scandia selects new city administrator," 13 Sep. 2019 In 2018, Energage conducted Top Workplaces surveys for 50 major metropolitan newspapers and surveyed 2.6 million employees at more than 7,500 organizations. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Deadline extended to Nov. 1 to nominate South Florida’s Top Workplaces," 13 Sep. 2019 Several attorneys and at least one economist have been conducting interviews that typically last about 90 minutes and cover a range of topics, according to three merchants. BostonGlobe.com, "Amazon probed by US antitrust officials over marketplace - The Boston Globe," 12 Sep. 2019 The Naches Ranger District and partners have been conducting a prescribed burn, called Canteen, near Cleman Mountain near Naches this month. Janelle Retka, The Seattle Times, "Wildfire season in Washington more manageable than previous years — but it’s not over yet," 9 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Francisco Zavala, 43, is accused of assault, destruction of property, making false official statements and conduct unbecoming an officer. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Marines release new details in domestic violence case against fired Camp Pendleton battalion commander," 16 Sep. 2019 People who do conduct burning are urged to exercise all necessary safety precautions. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Fire danger advisory issued for all 67 Alabama counties," 16 Sep. 2019 The court saw it differently, ruling that the victims’ own knowledge of Yeshiva’s conduct set the statutory clock ticking decades earlier. Linda Stasi, Harper's magazine, "Secrets and Lies," 16 Sep. 2019 As case after case shows, courts find that Article 46 is worded in a way to give Goodell final say on player conduct matters—even in instances where his fact-finding seems questionable (Brown could chat with his quarterback about that). Michael Mccann, SI.com, "What Will Come Out of the NFL's Meeting With Antonio Brown's Accuser?," 15 Sep. 2019 The Chaminade staff argued to its own detriment, with unsportsmanlike conduct penalties pushing Carol City up to the Chaminade 12-yard line. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "Chaminade-Madonna falls to Miami Carol City after controversial fourth-down call," 14 Sep. 2019 This year the City Council approved the hiring of the police department’s first victims advocate and passed an ordinance to create a civilian oversight committee to monitor police conduct. USA TODAY, "Disney surprise, foreign feral hogs, porous pavement: News from around our 50 states," 13 Sep. 2019 The Knights took advantage of three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties committed by Oak Ridge (0-3) to cut the lead to six points. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "Oviedo’s Keonte Coffie runs for 415 yards | Football Roundup," 13 Sep. 2019 The City Council approved the hiring of the police department's first victims advocate and passed an ordinance to create a civilian oversight committee to monitor police conduct. Victoria Mckenzie, Anchorage Daily News, "Native women in Nome say police ignored rapes or failed to thoroughly investigate them," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of conduct

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for conduct

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Medieval Latin conductus, from Latin conducere — see conduce

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3 Oct 2019

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The first known use of conduct was in the 15th century

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conduct

verb

English Language Learners Definition of conduct

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to plan and do (something, such as an activity)
: to direct the performance of (musicians or singers)
formal : to guide or lead (someone) through or around a place

conduct

noun

English Language Learners Definition of conduct (Entry 2 of 2)

somewhat formal
: the way that a person behaves in a particular place or situation
: the way that something is managed or directed

conduct

verb
con·​duct | \ kən-ˈdəkt How to pronounce conduct (audio) \
conducted; conducting

Kids Definition of conduct

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

conduct

noun
con·​duct | \ ˈkän-ˌdəkt How to pronounce conduct (audio) \

Kids Definition of conduct (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : personal behavior
2 : the act or way of managing something the conduct of foreign trade

conduct

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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conduct

noun
con·​duct | \ ˈkän-ˌdəkt How to pronounce conduct (audio) \

Legal Definition of conduct

1a : the act, manner, or process of carrying on or managing his conduct of the case was negligent
b : an act or omission to act a crime is that conduct which is defined as criminalLouisiana Revised Statutes
2 : mode or standard of personal behavior

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