conduct

verb
con·​duct | \ kən-ˈdəkt How to pronounce conduct (audio) 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 conduct (audio) \ noun
conductible \ kən-​ˈdək-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce conduct (audio) \ adjective

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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

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 Last week, the Rams announced that coach Sean McVay and the team would conduct their draft from a home in Malibu. Los Angeles Times, "Rams’ move to Malibu for NFL draft catches Cardinals’ attention," 22 Apr. 2021 As general counsel, Myrick has been fiercely protective of the school board’s ability to conduct business without disclosing records that are legally exempt from being turned over to the public. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "Barbara Myrick, known as by-the-book lawyer, helped withhold info after Parkland shooting," 21 Apr. 2021 The school district will conduct a full review, including conducting interviews and reviewing video evidence, the superintendent said in the same letter. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, "Father transfers biracial daughter to new school after her classmate and a district employee cut her hair," 21 Apr. 2021 Democrats have long argued the ability of the Justice Department’s civil rights division to conduct sweeping probes of police departments had been curtailed under President Donald Trump. BostonGlobe.com, "AG Garland rescinds Trump-era curtailing of consent decrees used in investigations of police departments," 16 Apr. 2021 The officers who resigned from the team included one lieutenant, two sergeants, and 17 officers, but a spokesperson for the APD emphasized that the resignations would not damage the department’s ability to conduct effective crowd control operations. Carly Ortiz-lytle, Washington Examiner, "'There is no morale': Nineteen officers resign from emergency response team after protest," 16 Apr. 2021 Democrats have long argued the ability of the Justice Department’s civil rights division to conduct sweeping probes of police departments had been curtailed under President Donald Trump. NBC News, "Attorney General Garland rescinds Trump-era memo curtailing consent decrees," 16 Apr. 2021 Yet companies worry that these terms will restrain their ability to conduct a for-profit business. Kendall Hoyt, STAT, "MAPGuide: A tool to help improve health-related public-private partnership agreements," 3 Apr. 2021 The fact that the court has continued the extended arraignment plan is mostly due to the limited ability to conduct remote hearings between the jails and courthouses, said Emily Cox, the spokeswoman for the court. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego court still seeking time extensions for arraignments, more than a year into pandemic," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun July 5, 2016 - FBI Director James Comey holds a surprise press conference to announce that the Clinton email investigation has concluded and the agency has not found evidence of criminal conduct. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "Loretta Lynch Fast Facts," 6 May 2021 That's because schools will now be able to require students to meet their code of conduct. Jeff Amy, ajc, "Laws will widen private school aid, let home-schoolers play," 6 May 2021 Intel has a dedicated supply-chain function that partners with compliance and others at the company to screen suppliers on a range of conduct, from emissions and chemicals, to human rights, conflict minerals and supplier diversity. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Compliance Officers Play Growing Role in Corporate Sustainability Efforts," 4 May 2021 Under the proposals, which must be approved by members, the group would revise its code of conduct and review its committee structure, travel policies and conflict of interest disclosures. Los Angeles Times, "Golden Globes leaders propose major reforms after Times investigation," 3 May 2021 The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association and Law Enforcement Labor Services, both police unions, called for an investigation into whether Meyers violated the student code of conduct. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Student leader urged peers to make life 'hell' for campus officers: Report," 2 May 2021 The university expelled the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity in early April after charging it with violating six code-of-conduct rules. Washington Post, "Deputies in N.C. slain by gunman suspected of killing couple," 29 Apr. 2021 The school contends Levy’s social media post violated an agreed upon team code of conduct and that punishment was reasonable and justified. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, "Supreme Court debates student free speech rights on social media," 28 Apr. 2021 Most large brands have codes of conduct that require suppliers to follow local labor laws about benefits. Elizabeth L. Cline, Forbes, "Garment Workers Were ‘Robbed’ Of Millions In Benefits. Which Brands Are Stepping In?," 27 Apr. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for conduct

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

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Last Updated

30 Apr 2021

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“Conduct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conduct. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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

Choose the Right Synonym for conduct

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.

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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