Definition of conduct in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒndʌkt/
[mass noun]
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
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  • Because he does not know the code of conduct in these situations, he does what comes naturally.
  • He could be charged with home invasion, kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct.
  • Victims have to show that but for the defendant's negligent conduct they would not have been injured.
2The manner in which an organization or activity is managed or directed: the conduct of the elections
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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.
2.1 archaic The action of leading; guidance: travelling 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.


Pronunciation: /kənˈdʌkt/
[with object]
1Organize and carry out: in the second trial he conducted his own defence 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.
2 [with object and adverbial of direction] Lead or guide (someone) to or around a particular place: he conducted us through his personal gallery of the Civil War (as adjective conducted) a conducted tour
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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.
escort, guide, lead, usher, pilot, accompany, show, show someone the way;
shepherd, herd, drive, convoy;
see, bring, take, help, assist
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.
4Direct the performance of (a piece of music or an orchestra, choir, etc.): the concert is to be conducted by Sir Simon Rattle
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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.
5 (conduct oneself) Behave in a specified way: he conducted himself with the utmost propriety
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  • He behaves, acts and conducts himself like a real actor.
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /kənˌdʌktəˈbɪləti/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /kənˈdʌktɪb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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.

  • duct from mid 17th century:

    Duct comes from Latin ductus meaning both ‘leading’ and ‘aqueduct’ formed from ducere ‘to lead’. The verb has produced numerous words in English including abduct (early 17th century) to lead away; conduct (Middle English) lead with; conduit (Middle English); deduce (Late Middle English) draw a conclusion from something; duke; educate (Late Middle English) ‘lead out’; induce (Late Middle English) lead in; introduce (Late Middle English) bring into (a group etc); produce (Late Middle English) ‘lead forward’; reduce (Late Middle English) bring back; seduce (Late Middle English) lead away (originally from duty, with the sexual sense developing in the M16th); subdue (Late Middle English) ‘draw from below’.

Words that rhyme with conduct

abduct, adduct, construct, destruct, duct, instruct, misconduct, obstruct

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