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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People have been spraying the roach poison onto sheets of paper, smuggling it into county jails and giving it to inmates, Sheriff Grady Judd said. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Dangerous 'drug' trend infiltrating Florida prisons, sheriff says," 12 Sep. 2018 Prosecutors said the other correctional officer charged, Phillipe Jordan Jr., 38, a 12-year veteran from Owings Mills, would receive drugs from others and smuggle them into the facility, and accepted $2,000 in bribes. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "10 plead guilty in prison smuggling scheme, authorities say," 12 July 2018 There, someone met us and smuggled us into the States. Gina Martinez, Time, "‘I Don’t Live in Fear Anymore.’ 2 Women Granted Asylum in the U.S. for Domestic Abuse on Why They Risked Coming Here," 20 June 2018 Craxton and Freud, desperate to see a Picasso exhibition in Paris, tried to smuggle themselves across the Channel on French fishing boats. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘Modernists & Mavericks’ Review: Art That Felt Like Reality," 15 June 2018 The report details attempts to improve Assange’s public image and potentially smuggle him out of the embassy if he was threatened. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Ecuador reportedly spent $5 million protecting — and spying on — Julian Assange," 15 May 2018 Stelow took the money, got the drugs from Milwaukee and smuggled them into the prison. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Intimidator's former girlfriend who smuggled cocaine into a Wisconsin prison gets probation," 20 Apr. 2018 Instead of Conroy smuggling him onto the transport, Stubby escapes camp and chases down the train and the ship. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "'Sgt. Stubby' A Charming Retelling Of New Haven Pup's Heroism," 12 Apr. 2018 Immigrant rights activists have long argued that the visas increased Dominican migration, with people paying traffickers to smuggle them into the country across the land border, sometimes under harrowing conditions. Jacqueline Charles And Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Haitians and Venezuelans seeking to migrate to Chile now face tougher rules | Miami Herald," 9 Apr. 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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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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