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 See More
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Israel’s public-relations machine has gone into overdrive in recent weeks to make the case that its pummeling of Gaza has been necessary and conducted in a way meant to minimize civilian deaths.—NBC News, 19 Nov. 2023 An Amber Alert was issued for the missing child that same evening and an intense search involving up to 400 local, state and federal law enforcement officers and firefighters was conducted at the sprawling park.—Caroline Guthrie, ABC News, 17 Nov. 2023 At council members’ request, the city auditor is conducting an audit of police overtime that’s expected to be completed in February.—Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2023 Based on a review of TikTok conducted by WIRED before the platform began removing videos, the first video directing viewers to read bin Laden’s letter was posted on Friday, November 10, by an account with just 3,800 followers.—WIRED, 17 Nov. 2023 Though Lucky is tapped to conduct interviews for the games, most of the live reporting about the tributes in the zoo is done by a reporter for Capitol News named Lepidus Malmsey in the book.—Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 Hur himself conducted the voluntary interview, multiple people familiar with the probe told CBS News.—Arden Farhi, Robert Legare, Andres Triay, CBS News, 17 Nov. 2023 And another 353,000 people have returned from abroad to areas of Ukraine that are different from their former homes, according to a survey conducted between May and June.—Lydia Tomkiw, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Nov. 2023 The company now conducts regular home visits to better understand how customers in different markets live their lives.—Bynicholas Gordon, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023
Teston violated the standard of conduct for derogatory comments and failed to conduct internal affairs investigations, Platkin said.—Antonio Planas, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2023 The scrutiny prompted Senate Democrats to push for a code of conduct for the court.—Melissa Noel, Essence, 17 Nov. 2023 Five weeks into the Israel-Hamas war, the repercussions are roiling the nation’s premier public university system — and raising challenging questions over the line between free speech and unacceptable behavior under campus codes of conduct.—Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 For the first time, the Supreme Court of the United States has adopted a formal code of conduct.—Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Nov. 2023 After months of urging the Supreme Court to adopt a code of ethics, Democrats and liberal judicial advocates are disenchanted by the justices' new code of conduct over a lack of binding enforcement measures.—Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, 14 Nov. 2023 The Supreme Court issued its first-ever code of conduct on Monday following reports of undisclosed trips and other favors that sparked criticism and put pressure on the justices to adopt a set of ethical rules.—Jess Bravin, WSJ, 13 Nov. 2023 The Supreme Court on Monday released a code of conduct governing the behavior of the country’s most powerful judges for the first time in its history.—Joshua Kaplan, ProPublica, 13 Nov. 2023 The Supreme Court code of conduct The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, D.C., on April 23, 2023.—Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 13 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English conducten "to guide, direct," borrowed from Latin conductus, past participle of condūcere "to bring together, join, hire, be of advantage, be conducive (to)" (Medieval Latin also "to lead, escort, provide a channel for [water]") — more at conduce
Middle English also used in the same senses conduiten, with variants conduten, conditen, based on Anglo-French conduit, past participle of cunduire, conduire, going back to Latin condūcere; these forms were carried into Tudor English, but they largely expired by the seventeenth century. Compare conduit. See also note at conduce.
Middle English conduct, conducte "act of escorting," borrowed from Medieval Latin conductus "leadership, escort, retinue, hire, water channel," going back to Late Latin, "contract," from Latin condūcere "to bring together, join, hire, accept a contract for" (Medieval Latin also "to lead, escort, provide a channel for [water]") + -tus, suffix of action nouns — more at conduce
The noun conduct has been influenced in sense by its verbal counterpart conduct. Already in the sixteenth century the noun was used to mean "leadership, management" and "capability in leadership or management, aptitude for command." The more general sense "behavior in a particular situation" appears in the seventeenth century. The sense development is largely paralleled by the history of French conduite, a nominal derivative from the feminine past participle of conduire "to guide, escort"; see also conduit and the note at conduce.