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conduct

verb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to look after and make decisions about
  • the company's president continues to conduct the everyday affairs of the software firm he founded many years ago

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2 to cause to move to a central point or along a restricted pathway
  • the gutter conducts water to the curb, thus protecting the house's basement

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3 to manage the actions of (oneself) in a particular way
  • conducted themselves at the party like perfect ladies and gentlemen

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4 to point out the way for (someone) especially from a position in front
  • a job conducting tourists through the historical museum

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5 to cause (something) to pass from one to another
  • a material that conducts heat quite efficiently

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conduct

noun

Synonyms of conduct (Entry 2 of 2)

1 the act or activity of looking after and making decisions about something
  • the President was happy to leave the conduct of foreign affairs to his secretary of state

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Frequently Asked Questions About conduct

How is the word conduct distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of conduct are control, direct, and manage. While all these words 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

In what contexts can control take the place of conduct?

The meanings of control and conduct largely overlap; however, control implies a regulating or restraining in order to keep within bounds or on a course.

controlling his appetite

When might direct be a better fit than conduct?

While in some cases nearly identical to conduct, direct implies constant guiding and regulating so as to achieve smooth operation.

directs the store's day-to-day business

When can manage be used instead of conduct?

The words manage and conduct can be used in similar contexts, but manage implies direct handling and manipulating or maneuvering toward a desired result.

manages a meat market

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

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“Conduct.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/conduct. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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