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

All sales would have to go through a licensed dealer, which would conduct the background check and record the sale or transfer according to state and federal law. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio group proposes background checks for all firearm sales," 10 June 2019 Stay at least 20 feet away from the line and any fences, puddles or other objects that could conduct electricity, and report it by calling 911, or by contacting DTE at 800-477-4747 or on dteenergy.com. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Man fatally electrocuted while cutting trees in Southfield," 9 June 2019 In a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the president said the troops who conducted the invasion set an example that will never grow old. Washington Post, "The Latest: Pelosi urges Trump to work with American allies," 7 June 2019 Cloud hosting of video games could massively expand the market, which already includes more than half of all U.S. adults (164 million), according to the Entertainment Software Association, the trade group that conducts E3. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "E3 2019: Video games take a cue from Netflix, but can Google and cloud games score?," 7 June 2019 The two officials of the project spoke to the legislature's Program Review and Investigations Committee which is conducting an ongoing investigation of KentuckyWired. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "KentuckyWired leaders say they are finally making progress, sticking with end date," 7 June 2019 Part of the reason that more do not support impeachment is Pelosi, said Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which would conduct impeachment hearings. Luke Johnson, Fortune, "House Democrats Have a Decision to Make—Impeach Trump or Not?," 6 June 2019 MoffettNathanson, which conducts these surveys periodically, has also found that more current Costco and Amazon Prime members intend to renew than those in 2016. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Copper Prices Fall, Pressured by Global Growth Concerns," 5 June 2019 There's an energy gap between the highest energy electron in the valence band and the lowest energy electron that can conduct. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Wireless nanowire lasers absorb infrared, emit blue light," 1 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Soon after Thiem ripped a backhand return on a fourth set point, the 15-time major champion received a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Disgruntled Novak Djokovic exits French Open to end grand slam winning streak," 8 June 2019 The public impeachment hearings against Barr for flagrant criminal conduct exposes and dooms the current administration. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Impeaching Barr the best path to remove Trump," 6 June 2019 The app also has an emergency button that connects to 911, and the company committed to screening drivers annually for criminal conduct. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Police investigating reported sexual assault by Uber driver in Mays Chapel," 5 June 2019 The state funeral board can take disciplinary action against the licenses of individuals— as well as crematories and funeral homes — for unprofessional conduct or violations of law or funeral board rules. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Two Arizona funeral directors lose licenses after allegations that crematory stacked containers of bodies," 4 June 2019 The launch marks a happier moment for Musk, who has recently been swept up in myriad controversies stemming from his professional and public conduct. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Completes First Ever Falcon 9 Launch and Landing on the West Coast," 8 Oct. 2018 By contrast, the 1995 resolution establishing the Senate Whitewater Committee targeted specific areas of possible improper conduct by the White House and federal banking regulators. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Elizabeth Price Foley, WSJ, "Stop the Impeachment Fishing Expedition," 14 Feb. 2019 But this is the first settlement to come out of the surge of litigation in the past few years that focuses largely on the company’s more recent conduct. Geoff Mulvihill, The Seattle Times, "Maker of OxyContin agrees to $270M settlement in Oklahoma," 27 Mar. 2019 And there are several investigations into his work and conduct. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Is the CRISPR baby controversy the start of a terrifying new chapter in gene editing?," 22 Jan. 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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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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