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 For smaller cities, one huge payout for police conduct could equal a year of taxes. Shannon Prather, Star Tribune, "For Brooklyn Center, a civil rights settlement could be crushing," 24 Apr. 2021 Increase penalties for unethical conduct by lawmakers, including taking away salary and expenses for inappropriate acts or excessive absences. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Bipartisan bills create new penalties for unethical lawmakers, curb revolving door," 20 Apr. 2021 Penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct flew when players smacked each other after the whistle. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, "St. John Bosco vs. Mater Dei: Rivalry’s intensity on full display," 19 Apr. 2021 According to district parents, Piro had once been fired from a different school for similar divisive conduct around students. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "California parents rally in defense of teacher recorded berating students over push for in-person learning," 18 Apr. 2021 The Ohio Investigative Unit reports citations of several Northeast Ohio bars for improper conduct-disorderly activity with little to no social distancing measures in place at Lake Effectz in Madison and Truth Social Club in Maple Heights. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Cleveland-area bars cited, vaccine rates, drive-through tests, more - coronavirus timeline April 10-16," 17 Apr. 2021 Five of those had to do with the misuse of body cameras, one with neglect of duty and one for unbecoming conduct, Moore said. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, "LAPD rejecting most complaints against officers from summer protests; others still under review," 10 Apr. 2021 Technical fouls, often for unsportsmanlike conduct on the court or from the benches, are discretionary. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Luka Doncic is on pace for one benchmark the Mavs don’t want him to meet: a technical foul suspension," 9 Apr. 2021 He was jailed for one year and discharged for bad conduct. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Feds blame Sutherland Springs shooter for lying on firearm purchase forms," 9 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 8 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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