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

The medical examiner’s office from nearby King County would conduct autopsies, Port Angeles Chief of Police Brian Smith said. Washington Post, "Man arrested in Washington mobile home fire that killed 4," 7 July 2019 Leonard's camp came away feeling that the Lakers conducted themselves professionally throughout the process. Tania Ganguli, latimes.com, "Lakers’ pitch to Kawhi Leonard couldn’t include one key element — Paul George," 6 July 2019 Around 50 people gathered outside of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in central Phoenix Wednesday evening to protest President Donald Trump’s recent warnings that ICE might conduct mass immigration raids. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "Group protests outside Phoenix ICE office against Trump's proposed immigration raids," 3 July 2019 Preller argued that the blood test to screen for drugs that Schwarzman took should not be admissible because it was not conducted with a warrant. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Motion to suppress evidence in case that killed 5-year-old and her grandmother in Timonium is denied," 3 July 2019 Another board member, Karen Moss, said the board conducted extensive in-person interviews and met the candidates before tapping Birdsong. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "RTA board approves new general manager," 3 July 2019 At the time, his nomination drew criticism from Democrats concerned that the Administration had not conducted proper vetting. Justin Worland, Time, "The Trump Administration Protested When Kenya Halted a Coal-Fired Power Plant," 2 July 2019 The press release also said the town is conducting an internal investigation and that Grauds-Weinier was on administrative leave pending the outcome of that investigation and the criminal case. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "Hull official charged with stealing $900," 2 July 2019 The law will include a grace period through the end of the year, with the police giving warnings while the state conducts an education campaign. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Cops will be doing DUI checkpoints all over Broward on July Fourth, so don’t even think about it," 30 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behavior as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior. ProPublica, "ProPublica Data Institute 2019," 5 July 2019 Any employees found to have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable. Stephie Grob Plante, Vox, "Some people held in border detention centers are being forced to bathe themselves with shampoo. The issue is far bigger than personal hygiene.," 3 July 2019 Nkemdiche faces possible discipline from Commissioner Roger Goodell under the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals should part ways with Robert Nkemdiche as soon as possible," 20 June 2019 In April, the exchange added rules that would prohibit members from holding sleazy parties at venues such as lapdancing clubs and casinos under a new code of conduct. Mark Burton, Fortune, "A Final Bastion of on-the-Job Drinking Vows to Sober Up," 14 June 2019 The league could punish Hill under its personal conduct policy. CBS News, "Child abuse case against Kansas City Chiefs star Tyreek Hill no longer active," 7 June 2019 Furthermore, the terms of the settlement also reportedly call for the talent agency to make serious changes to its employee conduct policy to prevent further abuse in the future. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Terry Crews Said Adam Venit, Who Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Him, Has Apologized," 17 Sep. 2018 Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham has been suspended for the 2018 season opener against the Atlanta Falcons for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Zach Berman, Philly.com, "Eagles' Nigel Bradham suspended one game," 29 June 2018 Among other recommendations, White said that non-disclosure agreements that keep employees from reporting violations of the personal conduct policy should be prohibited. Katherine Peralta And Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "A new chapter is about to begin for the Carolina Panthers. Here's what we know.," 29 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

Noun and Verb

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

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11 Jul 2019

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The first known use of conduct was in the 15th century

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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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