conduct

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

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 \ noun
conductible \ kən-​ˈdək-​tə-​bəl \ 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

The company has been conducting multiple firings of the LE-9 rocket engine that will power the first stage and has also begun successfully testing the solid fuel rocket boosters designed for the H3 launcher. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Entering a crowded market, Japan’s new rocket scores an early win," 21 Dec. 2018 Elsewhere, Blue Origin was scheduled to conduct a launch of the New Shepard to suborbital space, but Jeff Bezos' company also had to scrub its launch. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX and Blue Origin Launches Scrubbed, Will Try Again Wednesday," 18 Dec. 2018 Upon apprehension a medical screening was conducted of the aliens where the father denied any illness for either himself or his minor child. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Migrant girl dies in Border Patrol’s custody," 15 Dec. 2018 In this case, the service was conducted by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner, and Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, officially did the honors of marrying the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (as Harry and Meghan are now known). Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Who Is Bishop Michael Curry?," 5 Dec. 2018 Here’s betting if the survey were conducted now, or during their royal tour, those percentages would be even higher for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Is Even More Influential Than Meghan Markle in the U.S.," 1 Nov. 2018 Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who had been conducting services when the shots rang out, gestured at the white Star of David posted for each victim. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trumps pay tribute at synagogue where 11 were fatally shot," 31 Oct. 2018 Nationally, developers need to conduct what’s called a Phase 1 Site investigation of a potential building site, which involves hiring a private environmental consulting firm. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Booming postindustrial neighborhoods often overlook polluted past," 9 Oct. 2018 The joint-coalition forces had been conducting an operation against al-Shabab militants about 217 miles southwest of the capital, Mogadishu, when the attack occurred, the statement said. Fox News, "'Enemy attack' in Somalia leaves 1 US soldier dead, 4 wounded," 2 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And just 3½ months ago, The Seattle Times detailed how three top executives, one of whom was later promoted to team president, were accused by women of inappropriate workplace conduct, resulting in the complainants receiving financial settlements. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "No matter how it plays out, Lorena Martin’s racism claim against Mariners stains the organization," 14 Nov. 2018 While there is no national law regarding punishment if proper decorum is not observed during the playing of the Anthem, there are established rules of conduct. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "National Anthem Etiquette: How to Properly Honor 'The Star-Spangled Banner'," 5 Nov. 2018 At the mixer, Amy Averett, the senior director for culture and community at the Drafthouse, made a point of discussing the company’s new code of conduct. Monica Castillo, Marie Claire, "How Fantastic Fest Turned a Scandal Into an Opportunity for Redemption," 3 Oct. 2018 Entire family farms are sometimes forfeited based on one family member’s conduct, or exorbitant amounts of money are seized. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "He Sold Drugs for $225. Indiana Took His $42,000 Land Rover.," 25 June 2018 From Scandal to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, numerous television shows have started to address the #MeToo movement and inappropriate workplace conduct. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "Hilary Duff Advises Millennials: 'Know Your Worth, Work Hard and Don’t Take No for an Answer'," 5 June 2018 For the first time since 2005, the U.S. Army missed its recruiting goal this year, falling short by about 6,500 soldiers, despite pouring an extra $200 million into bonuses and approving some additional waivers for bad conduct or health issues. Fox News, "Army misses 2018 recruiting goal," 24 Sep. 2018 Following her change, a warning was issued to Alize from the chair umpire for unsportsmanlike conduct. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "The U.S. Open Amends "Sexist" Shirt Changing Rule After Social Media Criticized It," 30 Aug. 2018 He also was ejected from that Game 4 of the conference final for unsportsmanlike conduct. Curtis Zupke, latimes.com, "Prospects for Kings, Ducks built tight bond on junior hockey squad," 6 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'conduct.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

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More Definitions for conduct

conduct

noun

English Language Learners Definition of conduct

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

: the way that something is managed or directed

conduct

verb

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

: 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

conduct

verb
con·​duct | \ kən-ˈdəkt \
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 \

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 \

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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