verb (used with object)
- 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.
verb (used without object)
- launch pad,
- launch shoe,
- launch vehicle,
- launch window,
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|Nick Romeo|August 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Such actions are, in a sense, allowing Switzerland to launder its reputation.
Launder, that washes the children of the privy chamber, 75, 112.The Privy Purse Expenses of King Henry VIII from November MDXXIX, to December MDXXXII|Nicholas Harris Nicolas
Laundress is formed by adding -ess to launder or laundre, the contracted form of lavender as here used.Chaucer's Works, Volume 3 (of 7)|Geoffrey Chaucer
Launder, in his Voyage to India, p. 81, saw one erected in a tank of water.The Round Towers of Ireland|Henry O'Brien
Also he had towels for his own personal use and those he managed to launder, somehow.The Cinder Pond|Carroll Watson Rankin
The name Lander or Launder is unconnected with these (see p.186).The Romance of Names|Ernest Weekley
Word Origin 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.