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English Word:

conduct


English Pronunciation:

con•duct


Noun:


⇨Etymology

(Late Latin) conductus defense, escort, from (Latin) conductus, past participle of conducere. See Conduce, and confer Conduit.


⇨Definition

1. The act or method of conducting; guidance; management. Christianity has humanized the conduct of war. Paley. The conduct of the state, the administration of its affairs. Ld. Brougham.

2. Skillful guidance or management; generalship. Conduct of armies is a prince's art. Waller. Attacked the Spaniards... with great impetuosity, but with so little conduct, that his forces were totally routed. Robertson.

3. Convoy; escort; guard; guide. [Archaic] I will be your conduct. B. Jonson. In my conduct shall your ladies come. (Shakespeare)

4. That which carries or conveys anything; a channel; a conduit; an instrument. (obsolete) Although thou been conduct of my chame. (Shakespeare)

5. The manner of guiding or carrying one's self; personal deportment; mode of action; behavior. All these difficulties were increased by the conduct of Shrewsbury. Macaulay. What in the conduct of our life appears So well designed, so luckily begun, But when we have our wish, we wish undone Dryden.

6. Plot; action; construction; manner of development. The book of Job, in conduct and diction. Macaulay. Conduct money (Nautical), a portion of a seaman's wages retained till the end of his engagement, and paid over only if his conduct has been satisfactory.



Transitive Verb:


⇨Etymology

imperfect & past participle Conducted; present participle & verbal noun Conducting., See Conduct, noun


⇨Definition

1. To lead, or guide; to escort; to attend. I can conduct you, lady, to a low But loyal cottage, where you may be safe. Milton.

2. 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. Prescott.

3. To behave; -- with the reflexive; as, he conducted himself well.

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

5. (Music) To direct, as the leader in the performance of a musical composition.



Intransitive Verb:


⇨Definition

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

2. To conduct one's self; to behave. [United States]



Synonyms:

behavior


See Behavior.


deportment


demeanor


bearing


management


guidance


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Wiktionary

Etymology:

From Late Latin conductus (“defense, escort”), from Latin conductus, perfect passive participle of condūcō (“bring together”); see also conduce and conduit.


Synonyms:

(act or method of controlling or directing ): control, guidance, management (manner of guiding or carrying one's self): bearing, behavior/behaviour, deportment, demeanor/demeanour, (plot of a literary work): action, plot, storyline


Noun:

conduct (uncountable) The act or method of controlling or directing 1785, William Paley, The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy There are other restrictions imposed upon the conduct of war, not by the law of nature primarily, but by the laws of war first, and by the law of nature as seconding and ratifying the laws of war. Ld. Brougham the conduct of the state, the administration of its affairs Skillful guidance or management; generalship. Conduct of armies is a prince's art. - Edmund Waller. Robertson attacked the Spaniards with great impetuosity, but with so little conduct, that his forces were totally routed. The manner of guiding or carrying oneself; personal deportment; mode of action; behavior. Good conduct will be rewarded and likewise poor conduct will be punished. Macaulay All these difficulties were increased by the conduct of Shrewsbury. Dryden What in the conduct of our life appears / So well designed, so luckily begun, / But when we have our wish, we wish undone? (of a literary work) Plot; action; construction; manner of development. Macaulay the book of Job, in conduct and diction (obsolete) Convoy; escort; guard; guide. Ben Jonson I will be your conduct. Shakespeare In my conduct shall your ladies come. That which carries or conveys anything; a channel; a conduit; an instrument. Shakespeare although thou hast been conduct of my chame


Verb:

conduct (third-person singular simple present conducts, present participle conducting, simple past and past participle conducted) (archaic, transitive) To lead, or guide; to escort. 1634, John Milton, Comus I can conduct you, lady, to a low / But loyal cottage, where you may be safe. (transitive) To lead, as a commander; to direct; to manage; to carry on. to conduct the affairs of a kingdom William H. Prescott Little skilled in the art of conducting a siege. (transitive) (reflexively to conduct oneself) To behave. He conducted himself well. (transitive) To serve as a medium for conveying; to transmit, as heat, light, electricity, etc. 2011 September 20, Matt Day and Tatyana Shumsky, “Copper Falls to 2011 Lows”, Wall Street Journal: The metal easily conducts electricity and doesn't rust in water, properties that have made it valuable in uses from household plumbing and electric wiring (transitive, music) To direct, as the leader in the performance of a musical composition. 2006, Michael R. Waters with Mark Long and William Dickens, Lone Star Stalag: German Prisoners of War at Camp Hearne For a while, Walter Pohlmann, a well-known German conductor, conducted the orchestra in Compound 3. Later, Willi Mets, who had conducted the world-renowned Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, conducted the Compound 3 orchestra. (intransitive) To act as a conductor (as of heat, electricity, etc.); to carry. (transitive) To carry out (something organized) 2011 September 11, “Fugro, Royal Philips Electronics: Benelux Equity Preview”, San Fransisco Chronicle: The world's largest surveyor of deepwater oil fields won a contract to conduct a survey of the French Gulf of Lion to map sand reserves.


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