Conduct vs conduct

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Conduct and conduct  are two words that are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. We will examine the definitions of the words conduct and conduct, where these words came from, and a few examples of their use in sentences.

Conduct (kun DUKT) is a verb that means to guide, lead, organize, or direct something or someone. For instance, one may conduct a tour of a building, conduct an experiment, or conduct an orchestra. Conduct may also refer to the transference of energy, such as electrical energy. Conduct may also refer to how someone behaves, or how one conducts himself. Related words are conducts, conducted, conducting.

Conduct (KAHN dukt) is a noun that means the manner in which one behaves or the manner in which an action is carried out. Both the verb form and noun form of conduct are derived from the Latin word, conducere, which means to bring together or to lead.


At the request of the sheriff and the Calvert County State’s Attorney, the investigation is being conducted by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit. (Southern Maryland News)

As the clip went viral on social media platforms on Sunday, Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran replied to one of the users who shared the video on Twitter that the District Collector has been directed to conduct an inquiry and further action will be initiated soon. (The Hindu)

The lengthy Times report, which was published on Sunday, alleged that the Microsoft cofounder, 65, was known for exhibiting “questionable conduct in work-related settings,” and “on at least a few occasions” made attempts to pursue women who worked for him both at Microsoft and at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which he founded with his estranged wife in 2000. (People Magazine)

 A Kingston police officer has been suspended without pay for 30 days due to conduct that occurred while not on duty, according to Chief Egidio Tinti. (Daily Freeman)