conduct

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verb

con·​duct kən-ˈdəkt How to pronounce conduct (audio)
also
ˈkän-ˌdəkt How to pronounce conduct (audio)
conducted; conducting; conducts

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
4
a
: 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
2
a
: to act as leader or director
b
: to have the quality of transmitting light, heat, sound, or electricity
conductibility noun
conductible adjective

conduct

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noun

con·​duct ˈkän-(ˌ)dəkt How to pronounce conduct (audio)
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
Choose the Right Synonym for conduct

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

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
There have been concerns that North Korea might conduct its first nuclear test in five years as its next major step toward bolstering its military capability against the United States and its allies. Hyung-jin Kim, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Nov. 2022 The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy, police said. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 15 Nov. 2022 When the City Council adopted the street preservation law in 2013, a compromise with industries that conduct frequent trenching called for incrementally increasing damage fees to reach 100 percent cost recovery eventually. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2022 The Board of Corrections will create three committees that will conduct studies into various topics surrounding prison expansion. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, 12 Nov. 2022 The Food and Drug Administration has required that the drugmakers conduct several studies assessing the potential long-term impacts of myocarditis, as part of its approval of the mRNA Covid vaccines in the U.S. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 12 Nov. 2022 This medium-sized wok has two handles that don’t conduct heat and a slick non-stick coating that keeps your food moving fast without excess oil. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 12 Nov. 2022 The president will conduct meetings on the sidelines of the summits with Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, the ASEAN chair, as well as Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, administration officials said. Courtney Subramanianstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 Negin Khpalwak, who will conduct two songs by Afghan star singer Ahmad Zahir, was the first Afghan female conductor of the first all-women orchestra in the country. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2022
Noun
Deshaun Watson will be officially reinstated from his 11-game suspension under the NFL’s personal conduct this afternoon, league spokesman Brian McCarthy tells cleveland.com. cleveland, 28 Nov. 2022 Wright has been critical in social media posts of the county's conduct and advocated for Republican candidates who were on the 2022 ballot, bringing into question her ability to impartially investigate election procedures. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic, 28 Nov. 2022 His brazen and sometimes bizarre conduct went mostly unchecked until May, when Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German exposed allegations about Telles at the Clark County Public Administrator’s Office. oregonlive, 25 Nov. 2022 The tweet violates Twitter's rules against hateful conduct, according to the company response posted by the group. Will Carless, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2022 Two men were arrested and charged with felony deadly conduct in the days after the shooting. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 24 Nov. 2022 The judge dismissed the case entirely due to the prosecutors’ conduct. Elizabeth Findell, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2022 Jones and his lawyers’ courtroom conduct has also exposed Jones to a host of new legal troubles including possible sanctions, allegations of perjury and an investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, The Associated Press reported. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 22 Nov. 2022 Nor does the earlier district attorney’s conduct reflect well on the criminal-justice system. Jesse Barron, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English conducten "to guide, direct," borrowed from Latin conductus, past participle of condūcere "to bring together, join, hire, be of advantage, be conducive (to)" (Medieval Latin also "to lead, escort, provide a channel for [water]") — more at conduce

Note: Middle English also used in the same senses conduiten, with variants conduten, conditen, based on Anglo-French conduit, past participle of cunduire, conduire, going back to Latin condūcere; these forms were carried into Tudor English, but they largely expired by the seventeenth century. Compare conduit. See also note at conduce.

Noun

Middle English conduct, conducte "act of escorting," borrowed from Medieval Latin conductus "leadership, escort, retinue, hire, water channel," going back to Late Latin, "contract," from Latin condūcere "to bring together, join, hire, accept a contract for" (Medieval Latin also "to lead, escort, provide a channel for [water]") + -tus, suffix of action nouns — more at conduce

Note: The noun conduct has been influenced in sense by its verbal counterpart conduct. Already in the sixteenth century the noun was used to mean "leadership, management" and "capability in leadership or management, aptitude for command." The more general sense "behavior in a particular situation" appears in the seventeenth century. The sense development is largely paralleled by the history of French conduite, a nominal derivative from the feminine past participle of conduire "to guide, escort"; see also conduit and the note at conduce.

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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

Dictionary Entries Near conduct

Cite this Entry

“Conduct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conduct. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

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noun

con·​duct ˈkän-(ˌ)dəkt How to pronounce conduct (audio)
1
: the act, manner, or process of carrying on : management
the conduct of foreign affairs
2
: personal behavior
scolded for bad conduct

conduct

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verb

con·​duct kən-ˈdəkt How to pronounce conduct (audio)
1
: guide entry 2 sense 1, escort
conducted tourists through the museum
2
: to carry on or direct from a position of command : lead
conduct a business
conduct a band
3
a
: to carry in a channel
b
: to act as a substance through which something is carried
copper conducts electricity
4
: to cause (oneself) to act in a particular manner
conducted themselves well at the party

Medical Definition

conduct

transitive verb

con·​duct
kən-ˈdəkt also ˈkän-ˌdəkt
: to act as a medium for conveying

intransitive verb

: to have the quality of transmitting something (as light, heat, sound, or electricity)

Legal Definition

conduct

noun

con·​duct ˈkän-ˌdəkt How to pronounce conduct (audio)
1
a
: 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 criminal Louisiana Revised Statutes
2
: mode or standard of personal behavior

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