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Definition of launder verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    launder

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈlɔːndə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔːndər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they launder
    BrE BrE//ˈlɔːndə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔːndər//
     
    he / she / it launders
    BrE BrE//ˈlɔːndəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔːndərz//
     
    past simple laundered
    BrE BrE//ˈlɔːndəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔːndərd//
     
    past participle laundered
    BrE BrE//ˈlɔːndəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔːndərd//
     
    -ing form laundering
    BrE BrE//ˈlɔːndərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔːndərɪŋ//
     
    Economy, Committing crime
     
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  1. 1launder something (formal) to wash, dry and iron clothes, etc. freshly laundered sheets
  2. 2launder something to move money that has been obtained illegally into foreign bank accounts or legal businesses so that it is difficult for people to know where the money came from Most of the drugs money was laundered through Swiss bank accounts. See related entries: Economy, Committing crime
  3. Word Origin 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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