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

After the match was over, Naomi approached Coco, the youngest player in the 2019 US Open, and told her to join her for the interview conducted after the game, NBC reported. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Naomi Osaka Invited Cori "Coco" Gauff to Join Her for a US Open Interview," 1 Sep. 2019 Scientists compared ancient and modern sequences, tallied up shared sites and mutations, and conducted bulk statistical analyses. Wired, "Humans and Neanderthals Kept Breeding—and Breeding—for Ages," 1 Sep. 2019 Craig Layman, an ecologist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh who has been conducting research on Abaco for the last dozen years, is expecting the worst for one of his long-term experiments. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, "As Hurricane Dorian bears down, researchers get ready," 31 Aug. 2019 Students meet regularly, conduct research, present to the school board and take turns attending board meetings as non-voting members. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "12 students named to group that advises St. Paul school board," 30 Aug. 2019 In six cases the perpetrators also conducted concurrent crimes, such as vandalism of property [or] shooting other non-game wildlife or game wildlife out of season. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "What kind of animal would shoot a whooping crane?," 29 Aug. 2019 According to a traffic count conducted earlier this year, there are about 25,000 cars daily on MLK Jr. Highway – which stretches from Alabama Highway 53 to Pulaski Pike. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Work on horizon to extend Huntsville’s Northern Bypass," 28 Aug. 2019 Biden topped Trump by 16 percentage points—54 to 38%—in the survey, conducted Aug. 21-26. Kathleen Hunter, Fortune, "Poll Shows All Five Top 2020 Democrats Beating Trump," 28 Aug. 2019 For the survey, the pollster — which does work for the Free Press but conducted this poll independently — interviewed 600 randomly selected likely voters between Aug. 17-21. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Top Democrats all lead in head-to-head matchups with Trump in Michigan," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Speaking of tackles … IU missed too many, including two on the Cardinals’ first six plays by Ball, who added three huge penalties: pass interference, unsportsmanlike conduct, and a personal foul. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Rocket-armed Michael Penix might just lift IU football to new heights," 31 Aug. 2019 The Courant reviewed police records, court documents and school district files, which together paint a picture of a school district that looked past turbulent conduct and allowed employees to work directly with children despite checkered records. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Courant investigation: New London hired, promoted and allowed employees arrested in sexual assault investigation to work directly with children despite troubled pasts," 23 Aug. 2019 He was removed from the bench shortly after he was charged in October 2017 with reckless conduct. Clifford Ward, chicagotribune.com, "State commission upholds complaint against DuPage Judge Patrick O’Shea over shooting probe and retaliation threat; jurist now faces sanctions," 23 Aug. 2019 There, cabinet responsibility and party discipline have broken down, ministers break the ministerial code of conduct and traditions of parliamentary procedure, such as holding a Queen’s Speech to outline legislative proposals, are ignored. The Economist, "Are Western democracies becoming ungovernable?," 1 Aug. 2019 The Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce plans to team up with other northwest Harris County entities to address concerns some area business leaders and officials have about the meeting conduct and recent decisions of the Harris County Commissioners Court. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Cy-Fair Chamber members voice concerns with Commissioners Court," 1 Aug. 2019 Therefore, prosecutors will argue that the 2007 SD-Florida non-pros does not bar a 2019 SDNY indictment arising out of the same conduct and charging the same offenses. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Acosta’s Sweetheart Deal Likely to Foreclose Epstein’s SDNY Prosecution," 13 July 2019 Adams appealed, and the U.S. Judicial Conference’s conduct and disability committee largely agreed with the council in a 2017 decision. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Court committee drops misconduct complaint against federal Judge John Adams in Akron," 5 July 2019 The Phoenix City Council will consider a civilian review of police officer conduct and other police department reforms Tuesday. J. Edward Moreno, azcentral, "Phoenix council will consider police reforms Tuesday following viral arrest," 1 July 2019

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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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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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