Definition of launder in English:


Line breaks: laun|der
Pronunciation: /ˈlɔːndə


[with object]
1Wash and iron (clothes or linen): he wasn’t used to laundering his own bed linen (as adjective, with submodifier laundered) freshly laundered sheets
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  • We strip the bed and are given freshly laundered linen in return.
  • As I went into private practice, I made sure that my shoes always shone and dressed sharply, always wearing freshly laundered shirts to court.
  • All individuals who enter the semirestricted and restricted areas of the surgical suite should wear freshly laundered surgical attire intended for use only within the surgical suite.
wash, clean, wash and iron, wash and press, dry-clean
2 informal Conceal the origins of (money obtained illegally), typically by transfers involving foreign banks or legitimate businesses: $123,000 had been laundered through Geneva bank accounts
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  • He also included money laundering operations, business scams and illegal undertakings involving foreign operated businesses that result in profits sent out of country.
  • Then she directed her attention towards the Russian mafia, which she said had infiltrated some 300 Swiss companies and were using Switzerland as a piggy bank to launder money.
  • Drug cartels, arms traffickers, terrorist groups, and common criminal organizations use banks to launder their dirty money, making it appear as the product of legitimate business.
2.1Alter (information) to make it appear more acceptable: we began to notice attempts to launder the data retrospectively
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  • The documents would have flowed from one group to another, and thus would have been laundered to make them appear as legitimate products discovered by a legitimate intelligence agency.
  • Second, liberals should not abet conservative efforts to launder the former President's record.
  • Because the same set of facts laundered through a reporter and expressed ‘independently’ in a news account gets double the bounce the same revelation would in a press conference.


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1A trough for holding or conveying water, especially (in mining) one used for washing ore.
1.1A channel for conveying molten metal from a furnace or container to a ladle or mould.


Middle English (as a noun denoting a person who washes linen): contraction of lavender, from Old French lavandier, based on Latin lavanda 'things to be washed', from lavare 'to wash'.



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  • When last have officers of any branch of the protective services infiltrated the ranks of drug dealers, money launderers, and provided intelligence that led to major arrests?
  • Definitely, these washerfolk-dependent commercial launderers, including those who extend their service to a handful of hotels, cannot ask for more.
  • The information will be passed to the police or investigating authorities as long as it is used for prevention and detection of money launderers and terrorist financiers.

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