Synonyms & Antonyms of conduct

(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

Synonyms for conduct

Words Related to conduct

Phrases Synonymous with conduct

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

Synonyms for conduct

Words Related to conduct

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

Synonyms for conduct

Words Related to conduct

Near Antonyms for conduct

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

Synonyms for conduct

Words Related to conduct

Near Antonyms for conduct

Antonyms for conduct

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

Synonyms for conduct

Words Related to conduct

Near Antonyms for conduct



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

Synonyms for conduct

Words Related to conduct

See the Dictionary Definition 

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about conduct

Time Traveler for conduct

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for conduct

Last Updated

28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Conduct.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on conduct

Dictionary: Definition of conduct

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with conduct

Medical Dictionary: Definition of conduct

Spanish Central: Translation of conduct

Nglish: Translation of conduct for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of conduct for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about conduct

Comments on conduct

What made you want to look up conduct? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!