[ lawn-der, lahn- ]
/ ˈlɔn dər, ˈlɑn- /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
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Origin of launder
OTHER WORDS FROM launder
laun·der·a·ble, adjectivelaun·der·a·bil·i·ty, nounlaun·der·er, nounre·laun·der, verb (used with object)
un·laun·dered, adjectivewell-laundered, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for launder
After due reflection I decided to start as a launderer, specialising in washing shirts at ten pfennigs, or one penny, apiece.Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons|Henry Charles Mahoney
You, Cale and Richards, run to fetch a launderer that shall set a mattress in the ante-chamber for this my cousin to lie on.The Fifth Queen Crowned|Ford Madox Ford
British Dictionary definitions for launder
/ (ˈlɔːndə) /
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
Derived forms of launderlaunderer, noun
Word Origin for launder
C14 (n, meaning: a person who washes linen): changed from lavender washerwoman, from Old French lavandiere, ultimately from Latin lavāre to wash
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