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Definition of conduct verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    conduct

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    verb
    BrE BrE//kənˈdʌkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdʌkt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they conduct
    BrE BrE//kənˈdʌkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdʌkt//
     
    he / she / it conducts
    BrE BrE//kənˈdʌkts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdʌkts//
     
    past simple conducted
    BrE BrE//kənˈdʌktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdʌktɪd//
     
    past participle conducted
    BrE BrE//kənˈdʌktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdʌktɪd//
     
    -ing form conducting
    BrE BrE//kənˈdʌktɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdʌktɪŋ//
     
    Electronics, Experiments and research
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] conduct something (formal) to organize and/or do a particular activity to conduct an experiment/an inquiry/a survey The negotiations have been conducted in a positive manner. They conducted a vigorous campaign for a shorter working week. See related entries: Experiments and research
  2. 2  [transitive, intransitive] conduct (something) to direct a group of people who are singing or playing music a concert by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop
  3. 3[transitive] conduct somebody/something + adv./prep. (formal) to lead or guide somebody through or around a place a conducted tour of Athens (= one with a guide, giving information about it) The guide conducted us around the ruins of the ancient city.
  4. 4[transitive] conduct yourself + adv./prep. (formal) to behave in a particular way He conducted himself far better than expected. The report challenges them to examine how they conduct themselves in the workplace.
  5. 5 [transitive] conduct something (specialist) (of a substance) to allow heat or electricity to pass along or through it Copper conducts electricity well. Wordfinderbattery, charge, conduct, connect, electricity, generate, insulate, power, switch, wire See related entries: Electronics
  6. Word Origin 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 cent.). 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.Extra examples A guide conducted us around the museum. Education was conducted separately for males and females. He always conducted himself as a gentleman. How about a personally conducted tour of the house? She conducts herself with great dignity. The enquiry must be independently conducted. They have conducted themselves in a very professional manner. Today, 50% of opinion polls are conducted online. We regularly conduct safety inspections. a substance which conducts electricity well a survey conducted jointly by two teams of researchers Because of the war they were obliged to conduct their courtship by post. Copper conducts electricity better than other materials do. He conducted her into his private office. People have criticized the way she conducted her election campaign. Superconductors are materials that can conduct electricity without resistance at low temperatures. The guide conducted them around the ancient ruins. The interrogation was conducted by senior police officers. The search for the missing men was conducted in poor weather conditions. Water conducts heat 20 times more efficiently than air. We conducted the experiment under controlled circumstances.
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