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

UBS Group was hit with €4.5 billion ($5.1 billion) in fines and penalties by a French court Wednesday for laundering money to help French citizens evade taxes. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Swiss Bank UBS Has a Bad Day in French Court," 20 Feb. 2019 The Greek Supreme Court earlier approved Vinnik’s extradition to the U.S. to stand trial for allegedly laundering billions of dollars using bitcoin. Washington Post, "Greek court rules to extradite cybercrime suspect to France," 13 July 2018 Could someone be framing him in order to steal his design for a security system that can be misused for laundering dirty money? Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Disappearing Acts: A Shelf of Missing-Person Mysteries," 2 Mar. 2018 In his plea deal signed Wednesday, Krull said that Conspirator 7 asked him in 2016 to help launder $600 million from fraudulent business transactions with PDVSA. Joshua Goodman, Fox News, "Maduro's stepsons face scrutiny in $1.2 billion graft case," 24 Aug. 2018 Manafort is also charged with tax evasion; specifically, he is accused of failing to pay taxes on millions of dollars laundered from offshore accounts and of failing to report his foreign accounts. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump tried to defend Paul Manafort by ... comparing him to Al Capone," 1 Aug. 2018 There was also talk that O’Hara’s mill businesses in Fall River were actually fronts to launder money from bootlegging operations along the New Bedford-Fall River coastline. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "The Great American Racetrack War," 9 June 2017 Each pleaded guilty to federal money-laundering conspiracy charges and were ordered to split the cost of restitution, according to an affidavit. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Key witness in casino fraud case found dead in creek," 13 Sep. 2018 The programs are regulated at the member-state level, and the commission’s report found a lack of oversight in some countries can draw in people seeking to hide or launder money or evade taxes. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "European Commission Finds Lack of Oversight in ‘Golden Visa’ Programs," 23 Jan. 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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The first known use of launder was in 1664

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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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