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launder

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verb laun·der \ˈlȯn-dər, ˈlän-\

Definition of launder

laundered

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laundering

play \ˈlȯn-d(ə-)riŋ, ˈlän-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to wash (something, such as clothing) in water

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

  4. 3 :  to transfer (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

launderer

play \ˈlȯn-dər-ər, ˈlän-\ noun

Examples of launder in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of launder

Middle English launder, noun


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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

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Origin and Etymology of launder

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


LAUNDER Defined for English Language Learners

launder

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verb

Definition of launder for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

launder

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verb laun·der \ˈlȯn-dər\

Definition of launder for Students

laundered

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laundering

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

launderer

noun

Law Dictionary

launder

transitive verb laun·der

Legal Definition of launder

  1. :  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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