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

Despite ominous warnings, terrorists aren’t laundering money—or influencing elections—with Libra just yet. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Libra may be Facebook’s best defense against its enemies," 27 June 2019 The cartel members then laundered billions of dollars in proceeds back to Mexico, according to the charges. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Top female leader under 'El Chapo’ pleads guilty to narcotics, money laundering charges in Chicago," 26 June 2019 Last March, San Diego’s interim U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman said the network was responsible for laundering tens of millions of dollars in drug profits in the three previous years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tijuana man pleads guilty in San Diego to laundering drug money in massive network," 19 June 2019 He is accused of laundering money between his multiple bank accounts and other businesses. Dave Kolpack, Twin Cities, "Ex-North Dakota grain trader, 22, signs plea deal in multimillion-dollar fraud scheme," 18 June 2019 To tempt senior Venezuelan officials to turn on their president, opposition leaders recently turned to a wealthy Venezuelan businessman wanted in Florida for allegedly laundering billions of dollars for top regime figures. Juan Forero, WSJ, "Venezuelan Businessman Joined Plot to Oust Maduro—and Escape Sanctions," 27 May 2019 In his latest trial, Manafort is accused of laundering $30 million as a consultant for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Paul Manafort's DC trial delayed one week," 28 Aug. 2018 Manafort faces a second trial in Washington on charges that include conspiring against the United States, conspiring to launder money, failing to register as an agent of a foreign principal and providing false statements. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Paul Manafort discussed plea deal to forestall second set of charges: report," 28 Aug. 2018 Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and launder money in connection with the college-admissions cheating scandal. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Actress Lori Loughlin and Husband Mossimo Giannulli Plead Not Guilty in College-Admissions Case," 15 Apr. 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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