personal behavior; way of acting; bearing or deportment.
direction or management; administration: the conduct of a business.
the act of conducting; guidance: The curator's conduct through the museum was informative.
Obsolete. a guide; an escort.
to behave or manage (oneself): He conducted himself well.
to direct in action or course; manage; carry on: to conduct a meeting;to conduct a test.
to direct (an orchestra, chorus, etc.) as leader.
to lead or guide; escort: to conduct a tour.
to serve as a channel or medium for (heat, electricity, sound, etc.): Copper conducts electricity.
to act as conductor, or leader of a musical group, by communicating a specific interpretation of the music to the performers by motions of a baton or the hands.
- con·duct·i·ble, adjective
- con·duct·i·bil·i·ty [kuhn-duhk-tuh-bil-i-tee], /kənˌdʌk təˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noun
- non·con·duc·ti·bil·i·ty, noun
- non·con·duc·ti·ble, adjective
- pre·con·duct, verb (used with object)
- re·con·duct, verb (used with object)
- un·con·duct·i·ble, adjective
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How to use conduct in a sentence
My administration will continue to insist upon professional conduct from all our employees, regardless of their position in state government.Alaska’s Attorney General Resigns Hours After We Published “Uncomfortable” Texts He Sent to a Younger Colleague | by Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News | August 25, 2020 | ProPublica
Kondrat said Glossier’s decision to create a code of conduct for customers is also a move that other retail startups should consider emulating.By being too customer-obsessed, DTC startups are failing their retail employees | Anna Hensel | August 21, 2020 | Digiday
Irrational aspects of human behavior—chauvinistic nationalism and racial intolerance—keep us locked in patterns of conduct highly dangerous in the nuclear age, and dangerous in relation to other changes brought about by science.
To many untrained observers there clearly seemed to be wrongful conduct on the part one or both of the companies.Genius not looking so smart after Google escapes liability for ‘misappropriating’ lyrics | Greg Sterling | August 11, 2020 | Search Engine Land
In 2018, an appellate court concluded that the city attorney’s office had broken the State Bar’s rules of professional conduct by breaching a suspect’s right to attorney-client privilege.Morning Report: SDPD Has Ticketed Dozens for ‘Seditious Language’ | Voice of San Diego | August 3, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
There is, however, a separate wing of AQAP designed to inspire their followers to conduct attacks against the West.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre | Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Together, they crossed over the International Bridges on foot into Juarez to conduct some business.An Informant, a Missing American, and Juarez’s House of Death: Inside the 12-Year Cold Case of David Castro | Bill Conroy | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Before his writing days, London used the Oakland establishment to conduct his studies.
By drawing boundaries against wrongful conduct, law provides a protective zone of freedom within those boundaries.
Were they innocent victims or did they conduct themselves in a manner that would naturally lead to their demise?The Post-Brown and Garner Question: Who ‘Deserves’ to Die? | Goldie Taylor | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The watchword of conduct that will clear up all our difficulties is, the plain truth.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Here was a return for his frankness—his straightforward conduct—his unequalled liberality.
And there is much in the common experience of life and the common conduct of business that seems to support this view.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
As against the pain she inflicted, he had been generous, long-suffering— therefore his conduct was 'beautiful and precious.'The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Be this as it may, his conduct during the campaign justified the suspicion with which he was regarded by friend and foe.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for conduct
the manner in which a person behaves; behaviour
the way of managing a business, affair, etc; handling
rare the act of guiding or leading
rare a guide or leader
(tr) to accompany and guide (people, a party, etc) (esp in the phrase conducted tour)
(tr) to lead or direct (affairs, business, etc); control
(tr) to do or carry out: conduct a survey
(tr) to behave or manage (oneself): the child conducted himself well
to control or guide (an orchestra, choir, etc) by the movements of the hands or a baton: Also (esp US): direct
to transmit (heat, electricity, etc): metals conduct heat
- conductible, adjective
- conductibility, noun
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