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 In response to the allegations and the EEOC complaints, United Way Worldwide trustees hired the Proskauer Rose law firm to conduct an independent investigation. Star Tribune, "Inquiry finds no 'actionable' sexual bias at United Way," 5 Feb. 2021 The letter argued that Twitter should suspend Trump’s account permanently and conduct an investigation into the past several years of corporate actions that led to Twitter’s role in the riot. Washington Post, "How Twitter, on the front lines of history, finally decided to ban Trump," 16 Jan. 2021 Democrats also said Trump withheld critical security aid from Ukraine to force the government to conduct the investigations. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "GOP senator calls on Trump to resign," 8 Jan. 2021 Coy has not been charged with a crime but Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien has appointed Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost as special prosecutor to conduct an investigation of Hill’s case. NBC News, "Ohio police gave Andre Hill no aid for several minutes, bodycam footage shows," 1 Jan. 2021 The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been notified to conduct an investigation. Joe Sutton, CNN, "Minneapolis police were involved in a fatal shooting. The chief said he will release bodycam footage today," 31 Dec. 2020 The National Association of Financial Market Institutional Investors, a self-regulatory organization overseen by China’s central bank, said Chengxin failed to conduct on-site investigations and interviews with Yongcheng’s management personnel. Xie Yu, WSJ, "China’s Top Credit Rater Barred From New Business for Three Months," 30 Dec. 2020 Other cities — including Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth — have oversight groups that also start and conduct their own investigations into misconduct claims, review data on department practices, and suggest policy changes to the police chief. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "‘We want a real overview process’: Bexar County, deputies’ union clash over accountability," 5 Dec. 2020 Since then, all Boeing 737 MAX planes have been grounded in order to conduct investigations and safety testing, according to Reuters. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Boeing 737 Max Just Completed First Passenger Flight Since Grounding — How to Know If Your Next Flight Is on One," 3 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun West has previously denied any improper conduct and the team has called the allegations baseless. Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, "Man suing Clippers, Jerry West demanded job, skybox over Kawhi Leonard deal," 24 Feb. 2021 The final stage of the plan, in which all legal limits on social conduct are removed, is set for June 21. Arkansas Online, "Shops, haircuts return in April as UK lifts lockdown slowly," 23 Feb. 2021 Earlier in his tenure with the franchise, The Seattle Times reported that multiple women accused Mather and two other Mariners executives of inappropriate workplace conduct, resulting in financial settlements. oregonlive, "Seattle Mariners CEO Kevin Mather should have been fired a long time ago (analysis)," 23 Feb. 2021 The department said Haegelin's actions were not in good conduct and discredited himself and SAPD. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, "Records: Two SAPD officers suspended after 'inappropriate' Facebook posts about protesters," 22 Feb. 2021 With the pandemic, Bel Air’s fire company has not been able to meet in person to hold conduct routine business or vote in new members. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, "Bel Air mulls increasing tax credits for its volunteer firefighters; public hearing scheduled for March 1," 22 Feb. 2021 All that conduct reached its apotheosis with the Big Lie — that Biden stole the election. Washington Post, "Opinion: ABC News, Rep. Steve Scalise and the Big Lie," 22 Feb. 2021 Internal affairs investigators also drew up charges for two separate incidents involving conduct with a supervisor and an internal affairs official. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Cleveland police supervisor accused of misconduct, launching unauthorized investigation into deputy police chief," 22 Feb. 2021 There also is an effort to seek sanctions in New York, where Gillers, the NYU law school professor, helped draft a complaint asking state courts to investigate Giuliani’s conduct, potentially to revoke his license to practice law in the state. Rosalind S. Helderman, Anchorage Daily News, "Impeachment is over, but other efforts to reckon with Trump’s post-election chaos have just begun," 22 Feb. 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

1 Mar 2021

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“Conduct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conduct. Accessed 5 Mar. 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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