Definition of conduct in English:

conduct

Syllabification: con·duct

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈkänˌdəkt
 
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  • 2The action or manner of managing an activity or organization: his conduct of the campaign
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    • A data coordinating center at the University of California, San Francisco oversees the study conduct and will manage the resulting data.
    • The commission, comprising three international and two East Timorese commissioners, was responsible for the organization and conduct of the elections.
    • Again the problems were not with the organisation and conduct of the elections, but the results.
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  • 2.1 archaic The action of leading; guidance: traveling through the world under the conduct of chance
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    • 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

Pronunciation: /kənˈdəkt
 
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  • 1Organize and carry out: in the second trial he conducted his own defense surveys conducted among students
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    • However, he said that it was intended to conduct a survey and carry out improvements in consultation with residents.
    • ‘This manual suggests how students can organize and conduct school walkouts and demonstrations,’ wrote Leaver.
    • Now Councillor Nigel Francis is conducting a survey among businesses in the town to gauge reaction to options open to them.
    Synonyms
    manage, direct, run, administer, organize, coordinate, orchestrate, handle, control, oversee, supervise, regulate, carry out/on
  • 1.1Direct 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
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    • The choir was conducted by director of music Haydn James, accompanied at the piano by Sian Gwawr.
    • Bernstein conducts this music as if it represented an afternoon of joy - which in fact it is.
    • Carter was never content to merely arrange the music and conduct his stellar orchestra.
  • 1.2Lead or guide (someone) to or around a particular place: he conducted us through his personal gallery of the Civil War
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    • 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.
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  • 1.3 Physics Transmit (a form of energy such as heat or electricity) by conduction: heat is conducted to the surface
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    • Copper conducts heat and electricity extremely efficiently and is less expensive at the present.
    • They conduct heat and electricity almost as well as pure copper, but are stronger, harder, and more resistant to fatigue and corrosion.
    • Arctic Silver 3 was formulated to conduct heat, not electricity.
    Synonyms
    transmit, convey, carry, transfer, impart, channel, relay; disseminate, diffuse, radiate

Derivatives

conductible

Pronunciation: /kənˈdəktəbəl/
adjective
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  • Some pans have a plate or base core of the conductible metal, as opposed to the entire core.
  • There might exist some natural foods or minerals that could help to make the body more conductible.
  • As long as the material is electrically conductible the machine can work with it.

conductibility

Pronunciation: /kənˌdəktəˈbilitē/
noun
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  • The low values of electric conductibility confirm that this mineral water is extremely pure and light.
  • Prof. Annemarie Pucci's research group will be demonstrating the operation of a simplified set-up for measuring the conductibility of nanometre film.
  • Its conductibility was so extremely small that one end of a fragment could be held in the hand while the other end was heated indefinitely in the flame of a blow-pipe.

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 cent). 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.

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