con·​duit | \ˈkän-ˌdü-ət, -ˌdyü- also -dwət, -dət\

Definition of conduit 

1 : a natural or artificial channel through which something (such as a fluid) is conveyed a conduit for rainwater

2 : a pipe, tube, or tile for protecting electric wires or cables

3 : a means of transmitting or distributing a conduit for illicit payments a conduit of information

4 archaic : fountain

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Examples of conduit in a Sentence

the major conduit for carrying water to the military base water flowed along the conduit to the fountain

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With Paypal’s revocation of its services, Gab could be deprived of a major revenue conduit. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Paypal bans Gab following Pittsburgh shooting," 27 Oct. 2018 There were those who condemned the books as conduits to witchcraft, and there were those who viewed them skeptically as being influenced by secularism, potentially undermining Christian values. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "I didn’t read Harry Potter when I was growing up. And I wasn’t alone.," 31 Aug. 2018 Throughout the season, Vigen has been one of the Cowboys’ main conduits between curious NFL scouts and Allen. Conor Orr,, "The Giants’ Biggest Draft Since 2004—When Dave Gettleman Was There Too," 3 Apr. 2018 The consumer-facing apps are mere conduits through which users willingly share their personal information. Jay Willis, GQ, "Tech Companies Have No Reason to Care About Your Privacy," 3 Apr. 2018 States have enacted a variety of laws in hope of collecting more sales taxes, particularly when in-state businesses are used as conduits. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court will decide if online retailers must collect sales tax," 12 Jan. 2018 Harryman knew of a donor who wanted to give up to $1,000 per student for a laptop, but needed a nonprofit as the conduit for the donation. Jennifer Moody, The Seattle Times, "Fund helps college students pay for non-tuition essentials," 27 Oct. 2018 The deal underscores the active role Iran is taking in shaping the next government of Iraq, sending key military and spiritual advisers to revive a grand coalition of Shiite parties as a conduit for its influence in Baghdad. Washington Post, "In about-face, Iraq’s maverick al-Sadr moves closer to Iran," 24 June 2018 In the years since, Libya has emerged as a major conduit for African migrants hoping to reach Europe. Sylvie Corbet And Elaine Ganley,, "Libyan rivals agree to Dec. 10 elections despite unrest," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of conduit

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conduit

Middle English, from Anglo-French cunduit pipe, passage, conduct, in part from cunduit, past participle of cunduire to lead, from Latin conducere, in part from Medieval Latin conductus — more at conduct entry 2

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The first known use of conduit was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of conduit

: a pipe or tube through which something (such as water or wire) passes

: someone or something that is used as a way of sending something (such as information or money) from one place or person to another

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a knickknack or trinket

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