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
We are committed to the safety of our participants and the highest standards of conduct in our studies and will continue to monitor safety closely.AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is back on track after getting the green light to resume trials in the U.K. | Bernhard Warner | September 13, 2020 | Fortune
Retooling Section 230 isn’t the only way to improve the conduct of social-media platforms.Why the most controversial US internet law is worth saving | Amy Nordrum | September 9, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The Jasper County state’s attorney’s office charged Liddle with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor.He Faced a Criminal Charge for Not Self-Isolating When He Had COVID-19 Symptoms. Prosecutors Just Dropped the Case. | by Tony Briscoe | August 28, 2020 | ProPublica
This month, Richland County prosecutors charged a woman with reckless conduct after she reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus and allegedly violated a stay-at-home order, according to news reports.He Faced a Criminal Charge for Not Self-Isolating When He Had COVID-19 Symptoms. Prosecutors Just Dropped the Case. | by Tony Briscoe | August 28, 2020 | ProPublica
We always strive to uphold high standards of conduct for ourselves and from the partners we work with.Genius not looking so smart after Google escapes liability for ‘misappropriating’ lyrics | Greg Sterling | August 11, 2020 | Search Engine Land
The U.S. campaign against ISIS leans on two pillars: conducting airstrikes, and beefing up local forces.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’ | Nancy A. Youssef | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dave Eggers wrote What Is The What after conducting hundreds of hours of interviews with his protagonist.
Another week, he caught scores of the rodents that had been conducting raids on vegetables.
“We are not conducting air strikes in Iraq,” Cmdr. Smith said on Wednesday.Will U.S. Troops Stand By While ISIS Starves Thousands? | Jacob Siegel | August 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Conducting research for an earlier book, I was invited to spend five days at a high-level U.S. government institution.Writing a Novel: Even Making It Up Requires Research | Ridley Pearson | July 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Since the end of 1847, not a penny has come into his own pocket either through piano-playing and conducting, or through teaching.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
“They have a primitive mode of conducting funerals here,” said Tom Brown when the major had left.Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne
Whilst conducting in York his linendraper business, a relation died and left him money.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
It was a dragon-fly personally conducting two moles through a rose-garden.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
The art of conducting goes frequently with that of accompanying, and he was an excellent accompanist.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
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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