launder

verb
laun·​der | \ ˈlȯn-dər How to pronounce launder (audio) , ˈlän-\
laundered; laundering\ ˈlȯn-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce laundering (audio) , ˈlän-​ \

Definition of launder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to wash (something, such as clothing) in water
2 : to make ready for use by washing and ironing a freshly laundered shirt
3 : to transfer (illegally obtained money or investments) through an outside party to conceal the true source
4 : sanitize sense 2 laundered language

intransitive verb

: to wash or wash and iron clothing or household linens

launder

noun

Definition of launder (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from launder

Verb

launderer \ ˈlȯn-​dər-​ər How to pronounce launderer (audio) , ˈlän-​ \ noun

Examples of launder in a Sentence

Verb

He used a phony business to launder money from drug dealing. had to launder the quarterback's off-the-cuff's remarks before they could be quoted in the newspaper

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Since the show has been on the air, the women of Claws have graduated from laundering money through their nail salon to becoming enmeshed in political intrigue involving a casino, private prisons, and international cartels. Cate Young, Vox, "Claws is a love letter to the proud, strip mall–fabulous American woman," 2 Aug. 2019 The mob bosses who ran the town (casinos were handy for laundering money) attracted talent by lavishing huge salaries and luxurious perks on the stars. The Economist, "When the King saved Vegas," 11 July 2019 Reynoso Garcia was the last of eight defendants to plead guilty in the case, which prosecutors said involved laundering drug proceeds on behalf of Mexican criminal organizations that included the Sinaloa Cartel. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tijuana man pleads guilty in San Diego to laundering drug money in massive network," 19 June 2019 The bankers allegedly secured the deals through the bribery of government officials, controlled offshore accounts through which stolen money was funneled, and helped launder the proceeds. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Goldman Disclosure in 1MDB Probe Points to Potential Control, Culture Concerns," 5 Nov. 2018 At its height, the crew forms a legal corporation, brazenly named SMMC Inc., to launder proceeds. Jill Leovy, New York Times, "The Killers of the ‘Sex Money Murder’ Gang and the Cops Who Went After Them," 1 June 2018 The Journal reported Wednesday that the Justice Department is investigating whether Deutsche Bank violated foreign corruption or anti-money-laundering laws in its work for the 1Malaysia Development Bhd. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, "Trump Calls Deutsche Bank ‘Maligned’," 11 July 2019 The man is currently in prison in Hong Kong for a money-laundering offence and is due to be released in October. The Economist, "Hong Kong’s leader backs down over controversial extradition bill," 15 June 2019 The rest, including actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud conspiracy and money-laundering conspiracy. nola.com, "Payments to elite colleges were donations, not bribes, attorneys say," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sure enough, NAPS is now a means by which Navy launders underqualified athletes into the Naval Academy. Joe Nocera, New York Times, "Navy Opens a Back Door, and In Come Athletes and Victories," 9 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of launder

Verb

1664, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for launder

Verb

Middle English launder, noun

Noun

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

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launder

verb

English Language Learners 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

launder

verb
laun·​der | \ ˈlȯn-dər How to pronounce launder (audio) \
laundered; laundering

Kids Definition of launder

: to wash or wash and iron clothes or household linens

Other Words from launder

launderer noun

launder

transitive verb
laun·​der

Legal Definition of launder

: to transfer (money or instruments deriving from illegal activity) so as to conceal the true nature and source launder money through an offshore account

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