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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Recent Examples on the Web

In her great escape, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) managed to smuggle a pocketbook filled with control units out of the park. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld': 9 Burning Questions for Season 3," 26 June 2018 The notoriously haughty royal went through great pains to smuggle her jewels out of France during the Revolution, and they haven’t been seen in public for more than 200 years. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: Pearls Belonging to Marie Antoinette, Unseen for 200 Years, to Be Auctioned off This Fall," 20 June 2018 Michael Miller, 39, conspired to smuggle heroin from Guatemala through Mexico and into Rhode Island, prosecutors said. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati man pleads guilty in international heroin conspiracy," 10 May 2018 Elores was one of 10 defendants charged in 2005 with using a variety methods to smuggle heroin into the United States. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Prosecutors: Veterinarian performed surgery to turn puppies into drug mules," 1 May 2018 The plot involves their efforts to smuggle into America a van made entirely of marijuana. Chris Ball, cleveland.com, "'My Friend Dahmer,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 15 Apr. 2018 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

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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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25 Sep 2018

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The first known use of smuggle was in 1687

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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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