Definition of conduct in English:

conduct

noun

  • 1The manner in which a person behaves, especially on a particular occasion or in a particular context.

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

    ‘his conduct of the campaign’
    • ‘Generally the rules govern the conduct of civil litigation.’
    • ‘We are talking about legislation that was directed to the conduct of the litigation itself.’
    • ‘Experience in combat action shows that this has brought about a number of specifics in the organization and conduct of effective engagement.’
    • ‘Since then, many wasted costs orders have been made as a result of the negligent conduct of legal proceedings.’
    • ‘Indeed the anti-war movement internationally did affect the conduct of the war even if it could not prevent it.’
    • ‘If you have costs sought on one basis, that can affect the conduct of the litigation in that respect.’
    • ‘Again the problems were not with the organisation and conduct of the elections, but the results.’
    • ‘The Soviet military art attached much importance to organization and conduct of warfare with reliance on underground service lines.’
    • ‘In recent years, organization and conduct of TE have been influenced by a number of main factors.’
    • ‘The war encompassed all spheres of State activity, while its conduct required tremendous outlays.’
    • ‘Politics, meaning political objectives, therefore, still influences the conduct of wars.’
    • ‘Such observance did not hamper, and may have positively assisted, the efficient professional conduct of operations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mankind has attempted to regulate his conduct of warfare since earliest written history.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A similar timidity seems to have characterized the administration's conduct of military operations during the occupation.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      ‘traveling through the world under 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.’
      • ‘Moreover, I think that our wisdom itself, and our wisest consultations, for the most part commit themselves to the conduct of chance.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Organize and carry out.

    ‘in the second trial he conducted his own defense’
    ‘surveys conducted among students’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now Councillor Nigel Francis is conducting a survey among businesses in the town to gauge reaction to options open to them.’
    • ‘Students conduct surveys and even produce 30-second TV spots.’
    • ‘Siena College was sparked by noting this belief among their students to conduct a poll of 354 historians to rank the most trying times.’
    • ‘At trial the law student conducting the case was other than the one involved in the drafting of the pleading.’
    • ‘Do you have any criticism of the way she's conducted this process, though?’
    • ‘A call was made to the police, the teacher gave a statement and a search for the man was conducted.’
    • ‘We did conduct a couple of seances; during one I giggled hysterically throughout, much to my embarrassment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘This manual suggests how students can organize and conduct school walkouts and demonstrations,’ wrote Leaver.’
    • ‘The Catholic University of Australia conducts teacher training for indigenous students on several of its campuses.’
    • ‘Student surveys will be conducted each year to assess their satisfaction with the course.’
    • ‘Both had proved to work equally well in keeping the heathens at bay while the business of civilised men was conducted.’
    • ‘How they love to conduct their expensive witch hunt.’
    • ‘If at all possible, conduct a small pilot study to determine how well your research instruments work.’
    • ‘Well, I don't have time to conduct an objective character evaluation of every judge some people find questionable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's unlikely that local radical groups have the capability to conduct mass casualty attacks.’
    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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  • 2Lead or guide (someone) to or around a particular place.

    ‘he conducted us through his personal gallery of the Civil War’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This characteristic of life may be likened to the effect of a force which governs our development and conducts us from birth to death.’
    • ‘Finally on behalf of the group they wish to thank Peter Connolly who conducted the tour as guide and driver.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The local guide conducts us to another thatched-roof hut.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was conducted on a tour of the stud by General Manager John Clarke.’
    • ‘Mumbling distractedly, she conducts me through the hundreds of exhibits.’
    • ‘He conducted us to an open rail car attached to an ancient, rusting electric engine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The opening shot conducts us through the corridors of Rémy's hospital.’
    • ‘The patron conducted us to a little back room where our table was reserved.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That evening, Simone brought another meal and a guide, Marcel Queinnec, to conduct us on the next step of our journey.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘In theory, high-temperature superconductors conduct electricity with no resistance.’
    • ‘Low-cost, easily manufactured polymers that conduct electricity could revolutionize electronics, they say.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We found out that the metal that we used to conduct heat to the water inside the endcap was not aluminium.’
    • ‘Such randomly shaking atoms could be key to developing materials that conduct electricity, but not heat.’
    • ‘Materials that conduct electricity without resistance continue to surprise physicists.’
    • ‘Arctic Silver 3 was formulated to conduct heat, not electricity.’
    • ‘Copper is valued for strength, malleability, ductility, and ability to conduct electricity and heat.’
    • ‘A laser beam, by itself, cannot conduct electricity because it contains no charge carriers such as electrons to produce a current flow.’
    • ‘These impurities modulate the silicon's ability to conduct electricity (conductivity).’
    • ‘Copper conducts heat and electricity extremely efficiently and is less expensive at the present.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘New measurements show that their surfaces can conduct electricity, even though the bulk material cannot.’
    • ‘In gases, atoms may become ionized, so that the resultant free electrons and ions are free to conduct electricity.’
    • ‘Unlike most metals, they conduct electricity without losing any energy as heat.’
    • ‘They conduct heat and electricity almost as well as pure copper, but are stronger, harder, and more resistant to fatigue and corrosion.’
    • ‘This variation suggests there could be a large amount of material beneath Europa's surface that conducts electricity.’
    • ‘The tubes are made of copper because copper conducts electricity and magnetism very well.’
    • ‘By constantly pumping water over the surface of the processor, you conduct the heat away.’
    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 a musical ensemble)

    ‘my first attempt to conduct a great work’
    [no object] ‘Toscanini is coming to conduct’
    • ‘The broadcast is packed with Christmas music, as John Rutter conducts the choir and the orchestra.’
    • ‘Carter was never content to merely arrange the music and conduct his stellar orchestra.’
    • ‘Sandy will be conducting a small orchestra and choir at the free performance, and collecting for the St Mary's Convent appeal.’
    • ‘Sullivan was given a 98-piece orchestra to conduct at the premiere, and he makes good use of it.’
    • ‘Sebastian conducts the music from Coppélia; the orchestra is the RIAS Symphony Orchestra.’
    • ‘Will you conduct a choir differently than an orchestra?’
    • ‘It staged classical music concerts, one conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.’
    • ‘Leonard Slatkin conducts the National Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.’
    • ‘Botstein conducts this music warmly and with loving patience.’
    • ‘He should be invited back to conduct our major orchestras as soon as possible.’
    • ‘The choir was conducted by director of music Haydn James, accompanied at the piano by Sian Gwawr.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In February 2005, he returns to Halle to conduct massed choirs from around the world with the Orchestra of the Opera House.’
    • ‘John Beanhoven, a famous orchestra player and composer, was conducting the music.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Bernstein conducts this music as if it represented an afternoon of joy - which in fact it is.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alexexander Lazarev conducts the orchestra in performances of works by MacMillan, Shostakovich and Mahler.’
    • ‘Michael Boder conducts the responsive orchestra with detailed insight as well as concern for stage/pit balance.’
  • 5Behave in a specified way.

    ‘he conducted himself with the utmost propriety’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An organisation which conducts itself in this manner can have no real aspirations to engage with the political mainstream.’
    • ‘He behaves, acts and conducts himself like a real actor.’
    • ‘He preferred observing people, watching the way they conducted themselves, the way they behaved towards their environment.’
    • ‘They receive points along the way for the manner in which they conduct themselves and carry out their duties.’
    • ‘Perhaps more than the success or failure of any given intervention is the way in which the United States conducts itself abroad.’
    • ‘The threat of intimidation and violence to those exercising this right is the antithesis of how a law-abiding and civilized nation conducts itself.’
    • ‘He wants Timothy to know and to be able to teach others how to behave and conduct themselves in the church.’
    • ‘The way Battier carries and conducts himself also stands apart.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Bode is a great guy and I've learned so much just from being around him and the way he conducts himself,’ adds Mickel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A Scottish Labour spokesman said: ‘Big donations have no effect whatsoever on how the Labour party conducts itself.’’
    • ‘But the only way to judge whether someone has learned the lessons of his mistakes is how he conducts himself thereafter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But I am critical of most aspects of the EU as it now conducts itself.’
    • ‘‘A business that conducts itself in this way is no longer one I could be bothered dealing with’.’
    • ‘We are often proud of our humaneness and the complex way China conducts itself in the management of human resources.’
    • ‘They carry out their job with greater commitment and responsibility and conduct themselves much better in spite of having seen fewer summers.’
    behave, perform, act, acquit oneself, bear oneself, carry oneself
    comport oneself, deport oneself
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Origin

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