smuggle

verb
smug·gle | \ ˈsmə-gəl \
smuggled; smuggling\-g(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of smuggle 

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

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Other words from smuggle

smuggler \ˈsmə-glər \ noun

Examples of smuggle in a Sentence

He was arrested for smuggling drugs into the country. They smuggled immigrants across the border. The paintings had been smuggled out of the country before the war. We smuggled his favorite sandwich past the nurse.
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Which memory balls did Charlotte-Dolores smuggle out with her? The Atlantic, "Westworld: Is This Now?," 24 June 2018 Notably, this is the second time Qu has attempted to smuggle turtles from LAX to China. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Airline workers busted for turtle-smuggling operation," 22 June 2018 In 2004 authorities discovered a tunnel that gangsters had dug inside it, to smuggle drugs beneath the border wall. The Economist, "Why America and Mexico are destined to grow even closer," 21 June 2018 Dwayne Gernard Wigfall was charged with multiple drug felonies and with attempting to smuggle contraband into a correctional facility. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "He had lots of drugs in his car, deputies say. Then they looked in his rectum.," 6 June 2018 The latest incident comes after Cardenas Jr. was sentenced in 2015 to 10 months in federal prison for attempting to smuggle military-grade ammunition into Mexico on New Year's Eve. Brian Rogers, Houston Chronicle, "Pretending to be a U.S. Marshal with a gun in a bar? Former Gulf Cartel leader’s son admits guilt," 22 May 2018 In the summer of 1983, three Indian followers of Rajneesh were arrested by the Bombay police and charged with attempting to smuggle hundreds of thousands of American dollars from the Rajneesh Foundation in Pune into Rajneeshpuram. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Bhagwan’s Bottom Line II," 12 Apr. 2018 Soon, researchers were using liposomes to smuggle DNA repair enzymes into the skin cells of human test subjects. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "DNA-Repairing Sunscreen: Legit or Not?," 2 July 2018 Convinced the gems had been smuggled into the country, authorities later also charged her with possessing contraband. CBS News, "The death of John Bender: Accident, suicide or murder?," 10 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of smuggle

1687, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for smuggle

Low German smuggeln & Dutch smokkelen

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11 Sep 2018

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The first known use of smuggle was in 1687

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More Definitions for smuggle

smuggle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of smuggle

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

: to take or bring (something) secretly

smuggle

verb
smug·gle | \ ˈsmə-gəl \
smuggled; smuggling

Kids Definition of smuggle

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

Other words from smuggle

smuggler \ˈsmə-glər \ noun

smuggle

verb
smug·gle | \ ˈsmə-gəl \
smuggled; smuggling

Legal Definition of smuggle 

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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