smuggle

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verb smug·gle \ ˈsmə-gəl \

Definition of smuggle

smuggled; smuggling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to import or export secretly contrary to the law and especially without paying duties imposed by law
2 :to convey or introduce surreptitiously
intransitive verb
:to import or export something in violation of the customs laws

smuggler

play \ˈsmə-glər\ noun

Examples of smuggle in a Sentence

  1. He was arrested for smuggling drugs into the country.

  2. They smuggled immigrants across the border.

  3. The paintings had been smuggled out of the country before the war.

  4. We smuggled his favorite sandwich past the nurse.

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Origin and Etymology of smuggle

Low German smuggeln & Dutch smokkelen


SMUGGLE Defined for English Language Learners

smuggle

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Definition of smuggle for English Language Learners

  • : to move (someone or something) from one country into another illegally and secretly

  • : to take or bring (something) secretly


SMUGGLE Defined for Kids

smuggle

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verb smug·gle \ ˈsmə-gəl \

Definition of smuggle for Students

smuggled; smuggling
1 :to export or import secretly and unlawfully
  • They smuggled stolen goods.
2 :to take or bring secretly
  • It had been my intention to smuggle a couple of sandwiches …
  • —Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee

smuggler

\ˈsmə-glər\ noun

Law Dictionary

smuggle

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verb smug·gle \ ˈsmə-gəl \

legal Definition of smuggle

smuggled; smuggling
transitive verb
:to import or export secretly and illegally especially to avoid paying duties or to evade enforcement of laws
  • smuggle drugs
  • convicted of smuggling weapons
intransitive verb
:to export or import something in violation of customs laws


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