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

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

Manganaro was on his way to California to conduct training with the Marines last month when his life-saving skills came in handy. Chris Flanagan, ajc, "Rookie firefighter saves man suffering from heart attack on flight," 11 July 2018 The coroner’s office was scheduled to conduct an autopsy on Anderson on Tuesday, with a final manner of death to be determined later, police said. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Orland Park man dies after car found wrecked in ditch, police say," 10 July 2018 For the past seven years, The Sun has showcased the region's Top Workplaces each December, based on surveys of their employees by our partner, Energage, which has conducted Top Workplace surveys for dozens of news organizations across the country. baltimoresun.com, "Deadline extended for nominations for the Top Workplaces in the Baltimore region," 14 July 2018 Drivers began turning cars into campers shortly after they were introduced including Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, who conducted annual camping trips from 1913 to 1924. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "RV museum chronicles Americans’ love of camping," 12 July 2018 Nelson, who conducted his own tour of the southwest Florida region last week, and other Democrats fired back. David Smiley And Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Florida’s politicians use slimy algae to muddy each other," 11 July 2018 Ducey's office selected the outside counsel that conducted the investigation, which did not include an interview of the woman who had made the accusations. Craig Harris, azcentral, "Arizona Parks Director Sue Black again faces investigation for her treatment of staff," 10 July 2018 The bodies have been turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science, which will conduct autopsies to determine manner and cause of death for each of the victims. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "2 adults, 3 children, dead in Delaware shooting," 10 July 2018 That’s the pattern for initial coin offerings (ICOs) detected by economists Leonard Kostovetsky and Hugo Benedetti at Boston College, who conducted a study of over 4,000 startups that raised $12 billion from January 2017 to April 2018. Lucaswpcom, Fortune, "Live Fast, Die Young: Many Startups Powered by Initial Coin Offerings Don't Last, But There's Still Money to Be Made," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The teams would be tasked with flagging troubling conduct, from threatening social media posts to information about students' access to weapons. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Secret Service urges U.S. schools to set up 'threat teams' to prevent shootings," 12 July 2018 Top White House advisers have been encouraging Trump to dismiss Pruitt for months, amid mounting allegations of unethical conduct, improper spending and abuses of power. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Scott Pruitt Is Devastated That White House Forced Him to Resign EPA Post, Sources Say," 6 July 2018 Hatch also cosponsored Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas’s bill, the Protect Kids and Parents Act, which would mandate immigrant families be kept together except in cases of aggravated criminal conduct, or a threat to the children. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "Fact-checking the Trump Administration on Migrant Family Separation," 20 June 2018 For Miller, the three greatest safety issues the office faces are recidivism of criminal conduct, the proliferation of crimes involving firearms and the failure to provide a support system for individuals convicted of felonies. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Four challengers face incumbent judge in Superior Court office No. 37 primary race," 30 May 2018 Charges of disorderly conduct, aggravated assault to a peace officer and reckless conduct were approved for Kemble, though he has not yet been arrested. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "911 caller warns man wanted to kill himself or be killed by police before St. Charles officer-involved shooting," 12 May 2018 The judges, known as ALJs, conduct courtlike proceedings on disputes between federal agencies and clients, such as Social Security recipients who think they are entitled to greater benefits. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "Trump order risks ‘politicization’ of administrative judiciary," 13 July 2018 There are instances in which an adviser’s conduct needs to be reported. Peter Dunn, USA TODAY, "Pete the Planner: Has your financial adviser failed you? 3 ways to let them know it," 13 July 2018 Beneath the partisan posturing and fiery monologues, a House hearing Thursday on FBI agent Peter Strzok’s conduct delved into some key factual questions. Alana Abramson, Time, "3 Moments That Actually Mattered at the Peter Strzok Hearing," 13 July 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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Phrases Related to conduct

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19 Sep 2018

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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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