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launder

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verb laun·der \ˈlȯn-dər, ˈlän-\

Simple Definition of launder

  • : to make (clothes, towels, sheets, etc.) ready for use by washing, drying, and ironing them

  • : to put (money that you got by doing something illegal) into a business or bank account in order to hide where it really came from

Full Definition of launder

laun·deredlaun·der·ing play \-d(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to wash (as clothes) in water

  3. 2 :  to make ready for use by washing and ironing <a freshly laundered shirt>

  4. 3 :  to transfer (as illegally obtained money or investments) through an outside party to conceal the true source

  5. 4 :  sanitize 2 <laundered language>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to wash or wash and iron clothing or household linens

laun·der·er play \-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of launder

  1. He used a phony business to launder money from drug dealing.

  2. <had to launder the quarterback's off-the-cuff's remarks before they could be quoted in the newspaper>



Origin of launder

Middle English launder, noun


First Known Use: 1664

Rhymes with launder


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launder

noun laun·der

Definition of launder

  1. :  trough; especially :  a box conduit conveying particulate material suspended in water in ore dressing



Origin of launder

Middle English, launderer, from Anglo-French lavandere, from Medieval Latin lavandarius, from Latin lavandus, gerundive of lavare to wash — more at lye


First Known Use: 1667


LAUNDER Defined for Kids

launder

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verb laun·der \ˈlȯn-dər\

Definition of launder

laun·deredlaun·der·ing

  1. :  to wash or wash and iron clothes or household linens

laun·der·er noun




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