smuggle

verb
smug·​gle | \ ˈsmə-gəl How to pronounce smuggle (audio) \
smuggled; smuggling\ -​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce smuggling (audio) \

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 How to pronounce smuggler (audio) \ 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 Qin on Tuesday pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to smuggle goods from the United States. oregonlive, "Chinese national, with help from Eugene accomplice, smuggled more than 300 endangered live turtles from U.S. to China," 27 Nov. 2019 Police in Vietnam earlier this month said the Vietnamese nationals traveled to Russia before being smuggled into Europe. Ellis Whitehouse, USA TODAY, "Truck driver pleads guilty to trafficking plot which led to 39 deaths in UK," 26 Nov. 2019 Police were able to prove to a jury that Saldana smuggled about 20 pounds of meth worth more than $1 million, 1,500 miles to North Carolina and Virginia from Brownsville. courier-journal.com, "How this couple ran a ‘redneck’ meth empire in an Appalachian county ravaged by addiction," 25 Nov. 2019 The hospital relied on machinery and equipment taken from damaged hospitals near the frontlines, and smuggled medical supplies paid for by international and Syrian NGOs in the diaspora. Rania Abouzeid, National Geographic, "This Syrian doctor saved thousands in an underground hospital," 22 Nov. 2019 Rogers theorized that smuggled tree clippings from Asia brought it to the Delray Beach area in 2005. Darryl Fears, sun-sentinel.com, "The end of Florida orange juice? A lethal disease is devastating the state’s citrus industry," 11 Nov. 2019 To smuggle the dope gift past the guards, the man stuffed the weed—wrapped in a rubber balloon—up his nose. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Here’s what happens when you leave marijuana up your nose for 18 years," 31 Oct. 2019 That night, the crew celebrated with roasted goat, beer smuggled into camp and the sounds of the Beatles’ Sgt. Grant Segall, cleveland, "Donald Johanson, famous finder of Lucy’s fossils, returns to Cleveland Museum of Natural History," 24 Oct. 2019 The individuals who smuggled were originally from the countries of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Ecuador, the release said. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Katy resident arrested for human smuggling at border checkpoint," 22 Oct. 2019

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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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Last Updated

4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Smuggle.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smuggling?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=smuggl02. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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More Definitions for smuggle

smuggle

verb
How to pronounce smuggle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of smuggle

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

smuggle

verb
smug·​gle | \ ˈsmə-gəl How to pronounce smuggle (audio) \
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 How to pronounce smuggle (audio) \
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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