Meaning of “conduct” in the English Dictionary

"conduct" in English

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uk /kənˈdʌkt/ us /kənˈdʌkt/

conduct verb (ORGANIZE)

B2 [ T ] to organize and perform a particular activity:

We are conducting a survey to find out what our customers think of their local bus service.
The experiments were conducted by scientists in New York.
How you choose to conduct your private life is your own business!

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conduct verb (SHOW WAY)

[ T usually + adv/prep ] formal to lead someone to a particular place:

May I conduct you to your table, sir, or would you prefer to have a drink at the bar first?
The protesters were conducted from the courtroom by two police officers.

[ T ] If you conduct a tour of a place, you take people around the place and show it to them:

A guide conducts tours of the cathedral every afternoon at 2.00.
a conducted tour of the palace

conductnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkɒn.dʌkt/ us /ˈkɑːn.dʌkt/

(Definition of “conduct” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"conduct" in American English

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us /kənˈdʌkt/

conduct verb (DIRECT)

[ T ] to organize and direct a particular activity:

The experiments were conducted by leading scientists.

[ T ] fml To conduct people to a place is to walk there with them:

The usher conducted us to our seats.

conduct verb (MUSIC)

[ I/T ] to direct the performance of musicians or a piece of music:

[ T ] The orchestra was conducted by Thomas.

conduct verb (BEHAVE)

[ T ] to cause yourself to behave in a particular or controlled manner:

I won’t tell them how to conduct their lives.

conduct verb (ALLOW THROUGH)

physics, chemistry [ T ] to allow electricity or heat to flow through

conductnoun [ U ]

us /ˈkɑn·dʌkt/


His conduct at the meeting was inappropriate.

(Definition of “conduct” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"conduct" in Business English

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conductverb [ T ]

uk /kənˈdʌkt/ us

to do something, or make something happen:

We seek to conduct business in an ethical manner.
Staff meetings were conducted in various locations.
In February, he resigned from the board after regulators barred him from conducting securities transactions for four months.

to organize a particular activity in order to find out or prove facts:

conduct a poll/study/survey They conducted a survey to find out what type of technical support customers might want.
Much of what is known about career management systems is based on the research conducted in western countries.
Tests conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday showed asbestos in unacceptable levels in soil and debris at the site.
conduct yourself

to behave in a particular way:

We expect members of our industry to conduct themselves with the highest levels of integrity.

conductnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkɒndʌkt/ us

the way in which a business or an activity is organized:

The report asks many questions about the day-to-day conduct of the industry's affairs.
All registered brokers or dealers that use computers in the conduct of their business are subject to the requirements of this rule.

the particular way in which someone behaves:

The report found that his treatment of his staff was "inconsistent with the high standard of conduct expected of senior executives".

(Definition of “conduct” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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The process leading up to the elections, as well as the conduct of the elections, were characterised by deliberate attempts by the authorities to prevent free and fair elections.
We naturally have no wish to spend vast amounts of time and money on monitoring and to be constantly setting off to conduct inspections all over the place.
In a democracy, it must be possible to talk about change, conduct negotiations and then bring forth legislation to achieve change.
I believe that it is not necessary to conduct a risk assessment every time it is proposed to use a ladder.
Despite this, the communication sends a clear message, that the cross-border provision of investment services to professional investors should already be subject to home country conduct-of-business rules alone.
I very much welcome the call in the two reports to move to a country-of-origin principle for conduct-of-business rules, for advertising rules, for retail investors and for wholesale investors.
We need urgent action to supply essential drugs and equipment, to strengthen water-quality control, to support and monitor nutrition programmes, to train health workers and conduct health education programmes.
Now we have to look at how we can further strengthen that code of conduct and in particular make it legally binding.
We know that there is a code of conduct, but we also know that we do not always implement those rules consistently.
My impression is that many individuals and organisations must be referring to a different code of conduct from the one you mentioned.