- to wash (clothes, linens, etc.).
- to wash and iron (clothes).
- to disguise the source of (illegal or secret funds or profits), usually by transmittal through a foreign bank or a complex network of intermediaries.
- to disguise the true nature of (a transaction, operation, or the like) by routing money or goods through one or more intermediaries.
- to remove embarrassing or unpleasant characteristics or elements from in order to make more acceptable: He'll have to launder his image if he wants to run for office.
- to wash laundry.
- to undergo washing and ironing: The shirt didn't launder well.
- (in ore dressing) a passage carrying products of intermediate grade and residue in water suspension.
- Metallurgy. a channel for conveying molten steel to a ladle.
Origin of launder
Examples from the Web for launder
He owns at least one tire repair shop, a cash-heavy business that makes it easy to invent receipts and launder money.The Devil’s Drug: The True Story of Meth in New Mexico
August 24, 2013
Such actions are, in a sense, allowing Switzerland to launder its reputation.The End of Swiss Discretion
October 1, 2009
The name Lander or Launder is unconnected with these (see p.186).The Romance of Names
Launder, in his Voyage to India, p. 81, saw one erected in a tank of water.The Round Towers of Ireland
Also he had towels for his own personal use and those he managed to launder, somehow.The Cinder Pond
Carroll Watson Rankin
The mud which settles in the launder, if the ore is rich, is taken up and washed in a jigging-sieve or on a canvas strake.De Re Metallica
Margaret Sinton came that night bringing a beautiful blue one in its place, and carried away the other to launder.A Girl Of The Limberlost
Gene Stratton Porter
- to wash, sometimes starch, and often also iron (clothes, linen, etc)
- (intr) to be capable of being laundered without shrinking, fading, etc
- (tr) to process (something acquired illegally) to make it appear respectable, esp to process illegally acquired funds through a legitimate business or to send them to a foreign bank for subsequent transfer to a home bank
- a water trough, esp one used for washing ore in mining
Word Origin and History for launder
1660s, "to wash linen," from noun launder "one who washes" (especially linen), mid-15c., a contraction of lavender, from Old French lavandier "washer, launderer," from Medieval Latin lavandaria "a washer," ultimately from Latin lavare "to wash" (see lave). Criminal banking sense first recorded 1961, from notion of making dirty money seem clean; brought to widespread use during U.S. Watergate scandal, 1973. Related: Laundered; laundering.