Definition of launder in English:



  • 1Wash and iron (clothes or linen)

    ‘he wasn't used to laundering his own bed linen’
    ‘freshly laundered sheets’
    • ‘For future reference, if a label doesn't come with written instructions, turn back to this care symbol checklist before attempting to launder your clothes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As I went into private practice, I made sure that my shoes always shone and dressed sharply, always wearing freshly laundered shirts to court.’
    • ‘I told Pamela that I'd launder her clothes and get them back to her somehow.’
    • ‘Not having to transport and launder towels is a real boon.’
    • ‘They laundered work clothes separately from other family laundry.’
    • ‘I'm being unfair, sitting here with the window slightly open, the crackle of thunder unfolding like static on a freshly laundered shirt, waiting and not waiting for the next bolt.’
    • ‘The river used for laundering clothes can be a place for exchanging information.’
    • ‘Easy to launder, towels also save on furniture wear and tear.’
    • ‘The company launders linen for Perth's major teaching hospitals, as well as servicing a large number of nursing homes and hostels.’
    • ‘Freshly laundered clothes were blowing in the wind.’
    • ‘These other workers laundered their clothing only once each week at a laundromat; they did not have enough clothes to wear clean work clothes every day.’
    • ‘Patients should organise someone to launder their nightwear and bring in fresh supplies of nightclothes and toiletries.’
    • ‘It seems ridiculous to imagine that there were any facilities to enable the cowboys to even launder their clothes, especially as they appear to have lived life on the back of a horse!’
    • ‘The clothing was then laundered, sterilized, and x-rayed.’
    • ‘Be sure to know beforehand how you are going to launder this fabric, because this is what makes or breaks it.’
    • ‘We all like having cleanly laundered clothes and access to round-the-clock take-out food.’
    • ‘We strip the bed and are given freshly laundered linen in return.’
    • ‘He opens the door to be greeted by a cleaner holding out a freshly laundered towel.’
    • ‘We continue to hear about facilities that home launder their surgical scrub attire.’
    wash, clean, wash and iron, wash and press, dry-clean
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  • 2informal 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’
    • ‘It doesn't work, it oppresses the weak, and merely plays into the pockets of the drug profiteers - from the generals to the cartels and the banks who launder the money.’
    • ‘Dubai also is alleged to be home to banks that laundered money for the attackers.’
    • ‘U.S. commercial banks are resisting tighter controls on money laundering and transfers by suspicious individuals who may be financing terrorist cells.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Charities and new high risk businesses also could be used to launder money from illegal activities.’
    • ‘The plant hire company used to launder the proceeds was based on a farm in another county in the southeast.’
    • ‘How will that solution be incorporated into the processes required for anti-money laundering legislation?’
    • ‘She's accused of wire fraud, money laundering, and filing false income-tax returns.’
    • ‘He also included money laundering operations, business scams and illegal undertakings involving foreign operated businesses that result in profits sent out of country.’
    • ‘If convicted, the money laundering charge carries a penalty of up to life in prison.’
    • ‘He said it was important for banks to comply with money laundering regulations set against the vice so as to maintain and build better images.’
    • ‘He set up a complex array of bank accounts to launder the money overseas.’
    • ‘These crimes include terrorism, money laundering, illegal drug and human trafficking, illicit weapons trading, blackmailing and embezzlement of EU funds.’
    • ‘In September, the bank hired its first compliance officer to focus on money laundering full time.’
    • ‘He said it was likely organised criminals and even international terrorists used Ireland's banks to launder money.’
    • ‘Victims are confidentially asked to make their bank accounts available to launder the money in exchange for a commission, usually itself a small fortune.’
    • ‘In a related court case last month, an English lawyer was jailed for five years for his part in what was described as Britain's largest money laundering scam associated with a solicitor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Wednesday's verdict, the jury found him not guilty on some insider trading and money laundering charges, but reached no decision on charges of fraud and conspiracy.’
    • ‘Another worry is that criminals will use the occasion to launder dirty money.’
    1. 2.1 Alter (information) to make it appear more acceptable.
      ‘we began to notice attempts to launder the data retrospectively’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Second, liberals should not abet conservative efforts to launder the former President's record.’
      • ‘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.’


  • 1A trough for holding or conveying water, especially (in mining) one used for washing ore.

    1. 1.1 A 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’.