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

Synonyms & Antonyms for conduct

Synonyms: Verb

direct, guide, lead, marshal (also marshall), pilot, route, show, steer, usher

Synonyms: Noun

actions, address, bearing, behavior, comportment, demeanor, deportment, geste (also gest) [archaic]

Antonyms: Verb

follow, trail

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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

As for elephant riding, the ACEWG notes that while veracious studies have not been conducted on elephants specifically, it is known that horses, dogs, and donkeys have a weight-carrying capacity of about 20-to-25 percent of their body weight. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is It Ever Okay to Ride Elephants While on Vacation? It’s Complicated...," 18 Oct. 2018 And have absolutely no problem with people owning firearms if they have been trained, licensed, a background check has been conducted, a pause button has been pushed to give time for that process to take place. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Jamie Lee Curtis Tells Fox News What's Up After The Network Accused Her of Being a Hypocrite," 11 Oct. 2018 Although such a study was conducted in 2010, no mission ever came of it because the planet is such a challenging target — but new technology may make a Mercury lander more feasible. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "What Would It Take to Land on Mercury? It's Time to Find Out, Scientists Say," 30 Aug. 2018 The company reportedly discovered the U.K. case while conducting research for a project called The Great British STI Taboo. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Rare "Flesh-Eating" STI Donovanosis Discovered in the U.K.," 23 Aug. 2018 Many are referred to the center by Orange County Jail staffers, who find possible victims while conducting assessments during the intake process for new inmates. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orange County's crisis shelter for human-trafficking victims is full — and that may be a good thing," 12 July 2018 In 1991, American volcanologist Harry Glicken and his French colleagues Katia and Maurice Krafft were killed while conducting avalanche research on Mount Unzen in Japan. Terray Sylvester And Jolyn Rosa, The Christian Science Monitor, "Scientists brave dangers studying active Hawaii volcano," 11 July 2018 Theft 9300 block of Southwest 56th Street in Cooper City, July 2, 1:50 a.m. While an officer was conducting their investigation for a minor who habitually runs away, the minor returned home. Dan White, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Davie, Cooper City area crime reports," 11 July 2018 Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA all conducted in-home visits with Hurt in April. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "He has local ties, but U of L faces tough competition for Matthew Hurt," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Administration scandals and Trump’s conduct are finally going to be subject to investigation, a prospect that Trump greeted with wildly inappropriate threats. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s bizarre post-election press conference, explained," 7 Nov. 2018 The agreement suggests that Stephen's conduct may date to his time coaching another youth team called the Mavericks, a program that merged to form the Barnstormers in 2005. Fox News, "Victims of Iowa coach can still come forward, agent says," 23 Oct. 2018 Here, the agency could perfect life support systems and conduct exploration missions that would give NASA the confidence to put space boots on Mars. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Maybe NASA's Next Space Station Doesn't Need the Astronauts," 6 Sep. 2018 Also, look at the amount of violent conduct there have been. SI.com, "FIFA Confirm Final (Winter!) Dates for 2022 World Cup in Qatar," 13 July 2018 The White House Twitter account represents another radical shift in the Trump administration that changes the course of conduct in the national dialogue. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "The Official White House Twitter Account Just Went After Two Women Senators," 3 July 2018 The new accounts by Pruitt's handpicked staff come as the EPA's chief ethics officer, Kevin Minoli, has urged the agency's Office of Inspector General to broaden its review of Pruitt's conduct. Brady Dennis, latimes.com, "Pruitt aides reveal new details of his controversial spending and management at EPA," 3 July 2018 But the investigation found there was no evidence of any criminal conduct against six of the men. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "'All have beards that were very similar': 7 accused at Roseville water park not charged," 27 June 2018 Based on a small but powerful book by Johns Hopkins University Professor P.M. Forni, Choose Civility outlines simple rules of considerate conduct that go beyond good manners. Aegis Staff Report, The Aegis, "Harford County is launching a local Choose Civility campaign," 21 June 2018

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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

Verb

see conduct entry 2

Noun

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

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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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