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conduct

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noun con·duct \ ˈkän-(ˌ)dəkt \

Definition of conduct

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

Examples of conduct in a Sentence

  1. A panel investigated her conduct and she was subsequently fired.

  2. the President was happy to leave the conduct of foreign affairs to his secretary of state

Recent Examples of conduct from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of conduct

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


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conduct

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

Definition of conduct

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

conductibility

play \kən-ˌdək-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

conductible

play \kən-ˈdək-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of conduct in a Sentence

  1. The police are conducting an investigation into last week's robbery.

  2. I like the way the company conducts business.

  3. The magazine conducted a survey.

  4. Who will be conducting the meeting?

  5. The committee is expected to conduct hearings in May.

  6. He conducts the choir with great skill and emotion.

  7. conducting the music of Mozart

  8. Our guide slowly conducted us through the museum.

  9. Our guide conducted us along the path.

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Origin and Etymology of conduct

Synonym Discussion of conduct

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



CONDUCT Defined for English Language Learners

conduct

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noun

Definition of conduct for English Language Learners

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

  • : the way that something is managed or directed


conduct

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verb

Definition of conduct for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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conduct

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verb con·duct \ kən-ˈdəkt \

Definition of conduct for Students

conducted; conducting
1 :to plan and put into operation from a position of command :lead
  • conduct a business
2 :2guide 1
3 :behave 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

Synonym Discussion of conduct

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.

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conduct

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noun con·duct \ ˈkän-ˌdəkt \

Definition of conduct for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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)

Law Dictionary

conduct

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noun con·duct \ ˈkän-ˌdəkt \

legal Definition of conduct

1 a :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 criminal
  • Louisiana Revised Statutes
2 :mode or standard of personal behavior


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