Definition of conduct in English:

conduct

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noun

mass noun
Pronunciation /ˈkɒndʌkt/
  • 1The manner in which a person behaves, especially in a particular place or situation.

    ‘they were arrested for disorderly conduct’
    ‘a code of conduct for directors of listed companies’
    • ‘Thus, child conduct problems were uniquely and negatively related to maternal Responsiveness.’
    • ‘The order is for payment of costs thrown away or lost because of the conduct complained of.’
    • ‘First, it broadens the classes of conduct amounting to crimes against humanity.’
    • ‘There will be cases of maladministration which do not involve unlawful conduct.’
    • ‘The Act prohibits anti-competitive conduct of various kinds.’
    • ‘I would submit the claimant's conduct has been reasonable throughout.’
    • ‘Unethical testimony also can be considered unprofessional conduct for purposes of licensure discipline.’
    • ‘What the Trade Practices Act does is make unconscionable conduct unacceptable to the law.’
    • ‘The Statement of Claim does not identify what was done by any individual defendant to constitute tortious conduct.’
    • ‘Up to this time the appellant's conduct in relation to the fire was not open to criticism.’
    • ‘Because he does not know the code of conduct in these situations, he does what comes naturally.’
    • ‘Childhood conduct problems continued to be significantly associated with risk for young adult antisocial personality disorder.’
    • ‘The conduct complained of in this case therefore occurred in the United Kingdom.’
    • ‘Dani is remanded to the juvenile correctional facility for conduct unbecoming a minor.’
    • ‘Victims have to show that but for the defendant's negligent conduct they would not have been injured.’
    • ‘They are not a second-order discussion of what constitutes ethical conduct.’
    • ‘He could be charged with home invasion, kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct.’
    • ‘The point was inconsistent with the applicant's conduct of his case at trial.’
    • ‘There are unwritten conventions governing professional bar conduct.’
    • ‘And we can't fail to ignore possible negligent conduct from these manufacturers.’
    behaviour, way of behaving, performance, comportment, demeanour, bearing, deportment
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  • 2The manner in which an organization or activity is managed or directed.

    ‘the conduct of the elections’
    • ‘The Soviet military art attached much importance to organization and conduct of warfare with reliance on underground service lines.’
    • ‘Such observance did not hamper, and may have positively assisted, the efficient professional conduct of operations.’
    • ‘The war encompassed all spheres of State activity, while its conduct required tremendous outlays.’
    • ‘The commission, comprising three international and two East Timorese commissioners, was responsible for the organization and conduct of the elections.’
    • ‘A data coordinating center at the University of California, San Francisco oversees the study conduct and will manage the resulting data.’
    • ‘Since then, many wasted costs orders have been made as a result of the negligent conduct of legal proceedings.’
    • ‘The cahiers of all three orders in the spring of 1789 were full of suggestions for improving and rationalizing the organization and conduct of religious life.’
    • ‘We are talking about legislation that was directed to the conduct of the litigation itself.’
    • ‘All these innovations in organization and conduct of PsyOps were used on a smaller or greater scale in the U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.’
    • ‘Again the problems were not with the organisation and conduct of the elections, but the results.’
    • ‘Indeed the anti-war movement internationally did affect the conduct of the war even if it could not prevent it.’
    • ‘Politics, meaning political objectives, therefore, still influences the conduct of wars.’
    • ‘Mankind has attempted to regulate his conduct of warfare since earliest written history.’
    • ‘Experience in combat action shows that this has brought about a number of specifics in the organization and conduct of effective engagement.’
    • ‘In recent years, organization and conduct of TE have been influenced by a number of main factors.’
    • ‘Policies exist to provide the rule of law in an organization and to standardize the conduct of the organization's activities.’
    • ‘Sometimes government agencies, in their conduct of space activities, are viewed as competing with industry.’
    • ‘A similar timidity seems to have characterized the administration's conduct of military operations during the occupation.’
    • ‘Generally the rules govern the conduct of civil litigation.’
    • ‘If you have costs sought on one basis, that can affect the conduct of the litigation in that respect.’
    management, managing, running, direction, control, controlling, overseeing, supervision, regulation, leadership, masterminding, administration, organization, coordination, orchestration, handling, guidance, carrying out, carrying on
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    1. 2.1archaic The action of leading; guidance.
      ‘travelling through the world under the conduct of chance’
      • ‘Moreover, I think that our wisdom itself, and our wisest consultations, for the most part commit themselves to the conduct of chance.’
      • ‘It is scarcely possible that two travelling through the world under the conduct of chance should have been both directed to the same path, and it will not often happen that either will quit the track which custom has made pleasing.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
Pronunciation /kənˈdʌkt/
  • 1Organize and carry out.

    ‘in the second trial he conducted his own defence’
    ‘surveys conducted among students’
    • ‘Well, I don't have time to conduct an objective character evaluation of every judge some people find questionable.’
    • ‘Both had proved to work equally well in keeping the heathens at bay while the business of civilised men was conducted.’
    • ‘Students conduct surveys and even produce 30-second TV spots.’
    • ‘However, he said that it was intended to conduct a survey and carry out improvements in consultation with residents.’
    • ‘The telephone poll of 1,004 residents was conducted by the North West Regional Assembly.’
    • ‘If at all possible, conduct a small pilot study to determine how well your research instruments work.’
    • ‘We can do prudent things to make it more difficult for terrorists to conduct major terrorist attacks, and that ought to be the focus of our efforts.’
    • ‘From February 1998 until June 2000 we conducted an anonymous survey among these patients.’
    • ‘‘This manual suggests how students can organize and conduct school walkouts and demonstrations,’ wrote Leaver.’
    • ‘A call was made to the police, the teacher gave a statement and a search for the man was conducted.’
    • ‘At trial the law student conducting the case was other than the one involved in the drafting of the pleading.’
    • ‘The Catholic University of Australia conducts teacher training for indigenous students on several of its campuses.’
    • ‘And they're on the run, and I don't think they're going to be spending a lot of time thinking about how to conduct new terrorist acts.’
    • ‘Do you have any criticism of the way she's conducted this process, though?’
    • ‘Siena College was sparked by noting this belief among their students to conduct a poll of 354 historians to rank the most trying times.’
    • ‘How they love to conduct their expensive witch hunt.’
    • ‘It's unlikely that local radical groups have the capability to conduct mass casualty attacks.’
    • ‘Student surveys will be conducted each year to assess their satisfaction with the course.’
    • ‘We did conduct a couple of seances; during one I giggled hysterically throughout, much to my embarrassment.’
    • ‘Now Councillor Nigel Francis is conducting a survey among businesses in the town to gauge reaction to options open to them.’
    manage, direct, run, be in control of, control, oversee, supervise, be in charge of, preside over, regulate, mastermind, administer, organize, coordinate, orchestrate, handle, guide, govern, lead, carry out, carry on
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  • 2 Lead or guide (someone) to or around a particular place.

    ‘he conducted us through his personal gallery of the Civil War’
    ‘a conducted tour’
    • ‘The patron conducted us to a little back room where our table was reserved.’
    • ‘Taking each house in turn, Gordon conducts the reader on a visit, assisted by ninety-two half-tone plates and by six plans printed on a fold-out sheet inside the rear cover.’
    • ‘With one other, I was commissioned to conduct him from Melbourne's splendid old Menzies Hotel to a banquet tendered in his honour by the Victorian Rationalist Society.’
    • ‘He conducts us through the spaces of an altogether typical small American city as if it were the spook house at an abandoned amusement park.’
    • ‘The master of ceremony bows to the guest of honor and conducts him to a place on the east side of the hall not far from, but opposite to where the host is standing.’
    • ‘At the first village he came across he could easily find a guide to conduct him to Germelshausen, and then he could not miss the road again.’
    • ‘This characteristic of life may be likened to the effect of a force which governs our development and conducts us from birth to death.’
    • ‘Thus it is that I have an appointment at the showroom at 2.30 this afternoon when he will personally conduct me on a guided tour of all the goodies he has to offer automobile wise.’
    • ‘Finally on behalf of the group they wish to thank Peter Connolly who conducted the tour as guide and driver.’
    • ‘The local guide conducts us to another thatched-roof hut.’
    • ‘Mumbling distractedly, she conducts me through the hundreds of exhibits.’
    • ‘It must involve getting hold of a member of the park staff - not always an easy task - and conducting him or her to the spot.’
    • ‘Next, one of the ‘lucky’ males already living in the flat conducts him to his new room, which happens to have a balcony overlooking what looks like Old Trafford.’
    • ‘That evening, Simone brought another meal and a guide, Marcel Queinnec, to conduct us on the next step of our journey.’
    • ‘The opening shot conducts us through the corridors of Rémy's hospital.’
    • ‘Those leaderships conduct us to the border of the precipice. The only way to avoid it is to wipe out the national borders, the imperialist ruling and the capitalist private property.’
    • ‘She was conducted on a tour of the stud by General Manager John Clarke.’
    • ‘Far from me and from my friends, be such frigid philosophy as may conduct us indifferent and unmoved over any ground which has been dignified by wisdom, bravery, or virtue.’
    • ‘Though the Amish generally do not meet visitors, nor allow their houses to be visited, we met an Amish gentleman who conducts visitors around the farm in his horse drawn cart.’
    • ‘He conducted us to an open rail car attached to an ancient, rusting electric engine.’
    escort, guide, lead, usher, pilot, accompany, show, show someone the way
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  • 3Physics
    Transmit (a form of energy such as heat or electricity) by conduction.

    ‘heat is conducted to the surface’
    • ‘New measurements show that their surfaces can conduct electricity, even though the bulk material cannot.’
    • ‘A laser beam, by itself, cannot conduct electricity because it contains no charge carriers such as electrons to produce a current flow.’
    • ‘Materials that conduct electricity without resistance continue to surprise physicists.’
    • ‘By constantly pumping water over the surface of the processor, you conduct the heat away.’
    • ‘The tubes are made of copper because copper conducts electricity and magnetism very well.’
    • ‘They conduct electricity and heat, have high densities, and boil and melt at high temperatures.’
    • ‘Salts conduct electricity well when melted or when dissolved in water or some other solvents but not when they are solid.’
    • ‘Such randomly shaking atoms could be key to developing materials that conduct electricity, but not heat.’
    • ‘Unlike most metals, they conduct electricity without losing any energy as heat.’
    • ‘These impurities modulate the silicon's ability to conduct electricity (conductivity).’
    • ‘We found out that the metal that we used to conduct heat to the water inside the endcap was not aluminium.’
    • ‘Copper is valued for strength, malleability, ductility, and ability to conduct electricity and heat.’
    • ‘They conduct heat and electricity almost as well as pure copper, but are stronger, harder, and more resistant to fatigue and corrosion.’
    • ‘Once it turns to plasma, the air can easily conduct electricity with the free electrons, and the bolt of lightning shoots to the ground through the plasma conductor.’
    • ‘In gases, atoms may become ionized, so that the resultant free electrons and ions are free to conduct electricity.’
    • ‘Arctic Silver 3 was formulated to conduct heat, not electricity.’
    • ‘In theory, high-temperature superconductors conduct electricity with no resistance.’
    • ‘Low-cost, easily manufactured polymers that conduct electricity could revolutionize electronics, they say.’
    • ‘Copper conducts heat and electricity extremely efficiently and is less expensive at the present.’
    • ‘This variation suggests there could be a large amount of material beneath Europa's surface that conducts electricity.’
    transmit, convey, carry, transfer, pass on, hand on, communicate, impart, channel, bear, relay, dispatch, mediate
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  • 4Direct the performance of (a piece of music or an orchestra, choir, etc.)

    ‘the concert is to be conducted by Sir Simon Rattle’
    • ‘It staged classical music concerts, one conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.’
    • ‘In February 2005, he returns to Halle to conduct massed choirs from around the world with the Orchestra of the Opera House.’
    • ‘As long as Masur is here, why not let him conduct the music he does best?’
    • ‘Downes conducts the orchestra and chorus like a true Italian, and he restores some of the traditional cuts, both large and small.’
    • ‘He should be invited back to conduct our major orchestras as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Michael Boder conducts the responsive orchestra with detailed insight as well as concern for stage/pit balance.’
    • ‘Sullivan was given a 98-piece orchestra to conduct at the premiere, and he makes good use of it.’
    • ‘Will you conduct a choir differently than an orchestra?’
    • ‘Sandy will be conducting a small orchestra and choir at the free performance, and collecting for the St Mary's Convent appeal.’
    • ‘John Beanhoven, a famous orchestra player and composer, was conducting the music.’
    • ‘Bernstein conducts this music as if it represented an afternoon of joy - which in fact it is.’
    • ‘The choir was conducted by director of music Haydn James, accompanied at the piano by Sian Gwawr.’
    • ‘The broadcast is packed with Christmas music, as John Rutter conducts the choir and the orchestra.’
    • ‘Alexexander Lazarev conducts the orchestra in performances of works by MacMillan, Shostakovich and Mahler.’
    • ‘Hard graft and study of the score allowed him to master a wide repertoire without nationality kinships questioning his ability to conduct music from all periods.’
    • ‘Leonard Slatkin conducts the National Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.’
    • ‘Carter was never content to merely arrange the music and conduct his stellar orchestra.’
    • ‘Sebastian conducts the music from Coppélia; the orchestra is the RIAS Symphony Orchestra.’
    • ‘Botstein conducts this music warmly and with loving patience.’
    • ‘Isn't it painful for Ashkenazy, who himself was a keyboard tyro and winner of the Tchaikovsky piano competition in 1962, to conduct another person in a work he once made his own?’
  • 5conduct oneselfBehave in a specified way.

    ‘he conducted himself with the utmost propriety’
    • ‘‘A business that conducts itself in this way is no longer one I could be bothered dealing with’.’
    • ‘Oh, I agree with Diane in that regard, that I think it's going to be a lot shorter than people think because of the way Melville conducts himself.’
    • ‘I think Joe helps the vice president and Democrats in one very important way, which is he combines his spirituality with how he conducts himself in public office.’
    • ‘The way Battier carries and conducts himself also stands apart.’
    • ‘A Scottish Labour spokesman said: ‘Big donations have no effect whatsoever on how the Labour party conducts itself.’’
    • ‘But if British politics is to be rehabilitated it is going to take a great deal of hard thinking about how this government conducts itself.’
    • ‘Your players and management team can also take great credit; not only on their performance on the pitch but also on the way they conducted themselves throughout the day.’
    • ‘But I am critical of most aspects of the EU as it now conducts itself.’
    • ‘The threat of intimidation and violence to those exercising this right is the antithesis of how a law-abiding and civilized nation conducts itself.’
    • ‘‘Bode is a great guy and I've learned so much just from being around him and the way he conducts himself,’ adds Mickel.’
    • ‘They carry out their job with greater commitment and responsibility and conduct themselves much better in spite of having seen fewer summers.’
    • ‘An organisation which conducts itself in this manner can have no real aspirations to engage with the political mainstream.’
    • ‘They receive points along the way for the manner in which they conduct themselves and carry out their duties.’
    • ‘We are often proud of our humaneness and the complex way China conducts itself in the management of human resources.’
    • ‘It is surely an unanswerable case that the future status and governance of the organisation - of any organisation - should be determined precisely by how it conducts itself.’
    • ‘He behaves, acts and conducts himself like a real actor.’
    • ‘But the only way to judge whether someone has learned the lessons of his mistakes is how he conducts himself thereafter.’
    • ‘Perhaps more than the success or failure of any given intervention is the way in which the United States conducts itself abroad.’
    • ‘He wants Timothy to know and to be able to teach others how to behave and conduct themselves in the church.’
    • ‘He preferred observing people, watching the way they conducted themselves, the way they behaved towards their environment.’
    behave, perform, act, acquit oneself, bear oneself, carry oneself
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from Latin conduct- ‘brought together’, from the verb conducere. The term originally denoted a provision for safe passage, surviving in safe conduct; later the verb sense ‘lead, guide’ arose, hence ‘manage’ and ‘management’ ( late Middle English), later ‘management of oneself, behaviour’ (mid 16th century). The original form of the word was conduit, which was preserved only in the sense ‘channel’ (see conduit); in other uses the spelling was influenced by Latin.

Pronunciation

conduct

Noun/ˈkɒndʌkt/

conduct

Verb/kənˈdʌkt/