What does conduct mean?

Definitions for conduct
ˈkɒn dʌkt; kənˈdʌktcon·duct

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. behavior, behaviour, conduct, doingsnoun

    manner of acting or controlling yourself

  2. demeanor, demeanour, behavior, behaviour, conduct, deportmentverb

    (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people

  3. conduct, carry on, dealverb

    direct the course of; manage or control

    "You cannot conduct business like this"

  4. conduct, lead, directverb

    lead, as in the performance of a composition

    "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"

  5. behave, acquit, bear, deport, conduct, comport, carryverb

    behave in a certain manner

    "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"

  6. lead, take, direct, conduct, guideverb

    take somebody somewhere

    "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"

  7. impart, conduct, transmit, convey, carry, channelverb

    transmit or serve as the medium for transmission

    "Sound carries well over water"; "The airwaves carry the sound"; "Many metals conduct heat"

  8. conductverb

    lead musicians in the performance of

    "Bernstein conducted Mahler like no other conductor"; "she cannot conduct modern pieces"


  1. conductnoun

    The act or method of controlling or directing

  2. conductnoun

    Skillful guidance or management; generalship.

    Conduct of armies is a prince's art. - Edmund Waller.

  3. conductnoun

    The manner of guiding or carrying one's self; personal deportment; mode of action; behavior.

  4. conductnoun

    Plot; action; construction; manner of development.

  5. conductverb

    To lead, or guide; to escort.

  6. conductverb

    To lead, as a commander; to direct; to manage; to carry on; as, to conduct the affairs of a kingdom.

    Little skilled in the art of conducting a siege. - William H. Prescott.

  7. conductverb

    (reflexively to conduct oneself) To behave.

    He conducted himself well.

  8. conductverb

    To serve as a medium for conveying; to transmit, as heat, light, electricity, etc.

  9. conductverb

    To direct, as the leader in the performance of a musical composition.

  10. conductverb

    To act as a conductor (as of heat, electricity, etc.); to carry.

  11. conductverb

    To carry out (something organized)

  12. Etymology: conductus, from conductus, perfect passive participle of conduco; see also conduce and conduit.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CONDUCTnoun

    Etymology: conduit, Fr. con and ductus, Latin.

    Young men, in the conduct and manage of actions, embrace more than they can hold, stir more than they can quiet, and fly to the end without consideration of the means. Francis Bacon.

    How void of reason are our hopes and fears!
    What in the conduct of our life appears
    So well design’d, so luckily begun,
    But when we have our wish, we wish undone? John Dryden, Juv.

    Conduct of armies is a prince’s art. Edmund Waller.

    I was ashamed to ask the king footmen and horsemen, and conduct for safeguard against our adversaries. 1 Esdr. viii. 51.

    His majesty,
    Tend’ring my person’s safety, hath appointed
    This conduct to convey me to the Tower. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Some three or four of you;
    Go, give him courteous conduct to this place. William Shakespeare.

    Though all regard for reputation is not quite laid aside, it is so low, that very few think virtue and conduct of absolute necessity for preserving it. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Conductverb

    Etymology: conduire, French.

    I shall strait conduct you to a hill side, where I will point you out the right path. John Milton, on Education.

    O may thy pow’r, propitious still to me,
    Conduct my steps to find the fatal tree,
    In this deep forest. John Dryden, Æn.

    Pray, receive them nobly, and conduct them
    Into our presence. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Ascanius bids ’em be conducted in. John Dryden, Æn.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conductnoun

    the act or method of conducting; guidance; management

  2. Conductnoun

    skillful guidance or management; generalship

  3. Conductnoun

    convoy; escort; guard; guide

  4. Conductnoun

    that which carries or conveys anything; a channel; a conduit; an instrument

  5. Conductnoun

    the manner of guiding or carrying one's self; personal deportment; mode of action; behavior

  6. Conductnoun

    plot; action; construction; manner of development

  7. Conductnoun

    to lead, or guide; to escort; to attend

  8. Conductnoun

    to lead, as a commander; to direct; to manage; to carry on; as, to conduct the affairs of a kingdom

  9. Conductnoun

    to behave; -- with the reflexive; as, he conducted himself well

  10. Conductnoun

    to serve as a medium for conveying; to transmit, as heat, light, electricity, etc

  11. Conductnoun

    to direct, as the leader in the performance of a musical composition

  12. Conductverb

    to act as a conductor (as of heat, electricity, etc.); to carry

  13. Conductverb

    to conduct one's self; to behave

  14. Etymology: [See Conduct, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Conduct

    kon-dukt′, v.t. to lead or guide: to convey (water): to direct: to manage: to behave: (elect.) to carry or transmit.—ns. Con′duct, act or method of leading or managing: guidance: escort: guide: management: behaviour; Conductibil′ity.—adjs. Conduct′ible, capable of conducting heat, &c.: capable of being conducted or transmitted.—n. Conduc′tion, act or property of conducting or transmitting: transmission by a conductor, as heat.—adj. Conduct′ive, having the quality or power of conducting or transmitting.—ns. Conductiv′ity, a power that bodies have of transmitting heat and electricity; Conduct′or, the person or thing that conducts: a leader: a manager: a leader of an orchestra: one in charge of a bus, &c.: that which has the property of transmitting electricity, heat, &c.—n.fem. Conduct′ress. [L. conductusconducĕre. See Conduce.]

Editors Contribution

  1. conduct

    A type of behavior.

    Her conduct was excellent, she was a role model for so many to follow.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 20, 2020  

  2. conduct

    To convey or express.

    They do conduct themselves so responsibly when they are at school which is so beautiful.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 24, 2020  

  3. conduct

    To transmit or serve as a channel for transmission.

    The bottle did conduct sound very well as they were playing with them as if they were instruments.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 31, 2019  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conduct' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3259

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conduct' in Nouns Frequency: #1404

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conduct' in Verbs Frequency: #394

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conduct in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conduct in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of conduct in a Sentence

  1. Indiana University:

    The office of the Dean of Students and IU Police Department are prepared to work closely with the national ATO organization to facilitate this action, indiana University's Office of Student Ethics will continue to investigate this issue as it relates to potential violations of the university code of student conduct.

  2. Japanese Proverb:

    The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.

  3. Kristen Orthman:

    The campaign determined that his reported conduct was inconsistent with its values and that he could not be a part of the campaign moving forward.

  4. Garcia Rawlins:

    Russia has found during its military operations that the US uses these facilities to conduct bio-military plans.

  5. The Sigma Alpha Mu board:

    Sigma Alpha Mu's values and standards of conduct were violated by the actions of those members whose behavior was abhorrent.

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Translations for conduct

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  • سلوكArabic
  • ръководене, водене, държа се, ръководство, дирижирам, отвеждам, водя, провеждане, провеждам, ръководя, поведениеBulgarian
  • conductaCatalan, Valencian
  • cunduttaCorsican
  • vést, řízení, děj, dirigovat, vedení, chování, provádění, správa, zápletkaCzech
  • Führung, führen, leiten, Leitung, dirigierenGerman
  • konduki, gvidiEsperanto
  • dirigir, comportarse, conducir, guiar, conducta, conducción, manejarSpanish
  • johtaa, toimeenpano, saattaa, suorittaa, opastaa, käytös, hoitaa, käyttäytyä, johtaminenFinnish
  • conduite, conduire, se comporter, comportement, menerFrench
  • béasaIrish
  • dol a-mach, giùlanScottish Gaelic
  • vezényelHungarian
  • kelakuanIndonesian
  • duktar, guidarIdo
  • comportarsi, condotta, conduzione, condurre, comportamentoItalian
  • התנהגותHebrew
  • 行動Japanese
  • ನಡವಳಿಕೆKannada
  • ڕه‌وشتKurdish
  • habeoLatin
  • zich gedragen, leiden, dirigeren, geleidenDutch
  • condutaPortuguese
  • comandare, conducere, comportament, dirijareRomanian
  • управление, проводить, руководство, управлять, дирижировать, сопроводить, вести себя, проведение, сопровождать, провожать, поведение, руководитьRussian
  • cundhuta, condutaSardinian
  • handha, leda, utförande, uppträdande, föra, ledning, förvalta, ledsaga, uppförande, skötsel, förvaltning, anföra, hållning, vandel, dirigera, förrättning, sköta, beteendeSwedish
  • నడుపుTelugu
  • آرکائیوUrdu

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