- Rhymes: -ʌkt
- 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.
- 1843, Henry Brougham, Political Philosophy:
- the conduct of the state, the administration of its affairs, its policy, and its laws, are for more uncertain
- Skillful guidance or management.
- Synonym: leadership
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], 2nd edition, part 1, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire, London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, (please specify the page):
- If thou wilt ſtay with me renowmed man,
And lead thy thouſand horſe with my conduct,
Beſides thy ſhare of this Egyptian prize,
Thoſe thouſand horſe shall ſweat with martiall ſpoyle
Of conquered kingdomes, and of Cities ſackt, […]
- 1722 (first printed) Edmund Waller, Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons
- Conduct of armies is a prince's art.
- 1769, William Robertson, The History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V. […], volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), London: […] W. and W. Strahan, for W[illiam] Strahan, T[homas] Cadell, […]; and J. Balfour, […], →OCLC:
- […] attacked the Spaniards […] with great impetuosity, but with so little conduct, that his forces were totally routed.
- 1841 February–November, Charles Dickens, “Barnaby Rudge”, in Master Humphrey’s Clock, volume III, London: Chapman & Hall, […], →OCLC, chapter 49:
- At the head of that division which had Westminster Bridge for its approach to the scene of action, Lord George Gordon took his post; with Gashford at his right hand, and sundry ruffians, of most unpromising appearance, forming a kind of staff about him. The conduct of a second party, whose route lay by Blackfriars, was entrusted to a committee of management
- Behaviour; the manner of behaving.
- Synonyms: bearing, behavior, deportment, demeanor
- Good conduct will be rewarded and likewise poor conduct will be punished.
- 1840, [James Fenimore Cooper], The Pathfinder: Or, The Inland Sea. […], volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), Philadelphia, Pa.: Lea and Blanchard, →OCLC:
- when she came to recall the affectionate and natural manner of the young Indian girl, and all the evidences of good faith and sincerity she had seen in her conduct during the familiar intercourse of their journey, she rejected the idea with the unwillingness of a generous disposition to believe ill of others
- 1849–1861, Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volumes (please specify |volume=I to V), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, →OCLC:
- All these difficulties were increased by the conduct of Shrewsbury.
- 1693, Decimus Junius Juvenalis, John Dryden, transl., “[The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis.] The Tenth Satyr”, in The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis. Translated into English Verse. […] Together with the Satires of Aulus Persius Flaccus. […], London: Printed for Jacob Tonson […], →OCLC:
- 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.
- (obsolete) Convoy; escort; person who accompanies another.
- 1598, Benjamin Jonson [i.e., Ben Jonson], “Euery Man in His Humour. A Comœdie. […]”, in The Workes of Ben Jonson (First Folio), London: […] Will[iam] Stansby, published 1616, →OCLC, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
- I will be your conduct.
- (archaic) Something which carries or conveys anything; a channel; an instrument; a conduit.
- (Anglicanism, obsolete outside fixed titles) A priest hired to hold services without secure title; now a chaplain.
- 1634, “Trinitie Colledge”, in The foundation of the Universitie of Cambridge […] Anno 1634:
- […] at this present it is one of the most goodly and uniform Colledges in Europe; wherein is a Master, 60 Fellows, 67 scholars, 4 Conducts, 3 Publique Professours […] besides officers and servants of the foundation, with many other students, being in all 440.
Derived terms edit
act or method of controlling or directing
skillful guidance or management; generalship
manner of guiding or carrying oneself
plot of a literary work
- (archaic, transitive) To lead, or guide; to escort.
- 1634 October 9 (first performance), [John Milton], edited by H[enry] Lawes, A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634: […], London: […] [Augustine Matthews] for Hvmphrey Robinson, […], published 1637, →OCLC; reprinted as Comus: […] (Dodd, Mead & Company’s Facsimile Reprints of Rare Books; Literature Series; no. I), New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903, →OCLC:
- I can conduct you, lady, to a low / But loyal cottage, where you may be safe.
- (transitive) To lead; to direct; to be in charge of (people or tasks)
- Synonyms: direct, lead, manage, oversee, run, supervise, belead
- The commander conducted thousands of troops.
- to conduct the affairs of a kingdom
- 1855–1858, William H[ickling] Prescott, History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain, volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), Boston, Mass.: Phillips, Sampson, and Company, →OCLC:
- the Turks, however efficient they may have been in field operations, had little skill as engineers, and no acquaintance with the true principles of conducting a siege
- (transitive, reflexive) To behave.
- (transitive) To serve as a medium for conveying; to transmit (heat, light, electricity, etc.)
- 1975, Clive M. Countryman, Heat-Its Role in Wildland Fire, Part 2:
- Water and many other liquids do not conduct heat well. Wildland fuels in general, wood, and wood products conduct heat slowly, and so do soil and rocks.
- (transitive, music) To direct, as the leader in the performance of a musical composition.
- 2006, Michael R. Waters, Mark Long, 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”, in San Francisco 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.
Derived terms edit
terms derived from the verb
lead or guide
direct or manage
to serve as a medium for conveying
music: to direct
act as a conductor (of heat, electricity, etc.)
to carry out
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conduct n (plural conducte)
Declension of conduct