con·​duit | \ ˈkän-ˌdü-ət How to pronounce conduit (audio) , -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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Hong Kong provides a significant source of funds for mainland Chinese firms by serving as a conduit for foreign investors. Bill Campbell For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Ongoing unrest in Hong Kong risks dragging down the global economy," 6 Sep. 2019 The country is a rare potential beneficiary of the U.S.-China trade brawl, sometimes acting as conduit to evade tariffs. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Vietnam’s Moment Is Here," 28 June 2019 Hannity also seemed to act as a conduit of sorts between Manafort and Trump. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Texts reveal close connection between Hannity, Manafort," 21 June 2019 Hannity also seemed to act as a conduit of sorts between Manafort and Trump. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "‘I cannot allow them to win’: Through federal case, Paul Manafort found ally in Sean Hannity," 21 June 2019 Serving as Greinke’s sabermetric spirit guide helped Bannister embrace his calling as a conduit. Ben Lindbergh And Travis Sawchik,, "How MLB Washout Brian Bannister Became the Red Sox' Pitching Guru," 7 June 2019 But what its proponents fail to recognize is that money is the conduit through which Americans of all political stripes and colors and tax brackets express their political will. Nate Hochman, National Review, "Progressives’ Push for Campaign-Finance ‘Reform’ Is a Blatant, Frontal Assault on Free-Speech Rights," 1 Aug. 2019 With hundreds of community partners and resources in its network, the Tierney Center is the conduit to meet veterans’ varied needs. Coast Magazine, Orange County Register, "Golfers deliver for Goodwill of Orange County’s veterans event," 8 July 2019 And the conduits to white nationalist radicalization — from books like The Turner Diaries and The Great Replacement to white nationalist propaganda once circulated via newsletters and now shared online — are constitutionally protected. Jane Coaston, Vox, "A Republican senator is putting forward a bill to criminalize domestic terror," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of conduit

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