AskDefine | Define launder

Dictionary Definition



1 cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water; "Wash the towels, please!" [syn: wash]
2 convert illegally obtained funds into legal ones

User Contributed Dictionary



Contracted from lavender < lavandière < lavandena, from lavo.


  • a RP /ˈlɔːndə/
  • a US /ˈlɑːndɚ/


  1. A washerwoman.
  2. A trough used by miners to receive powdered ore from the box where it is beaten, or for carrying water to the stamps, or other apparatus for comminuting (sorting) the ore.


trough used by miners
  • Finnish: ränni


  1. italbrac clothing To wash; to wash, and to smooth with a flatiron or mangle; to wash and iron.
  2. To lave; to wet.
  3. italbrac money To disguise the source of ill-gotten wealth by various means.

Derived terms


to wash
to wet
  • Latin: lavo
to disguise the source of
  • Finnish: pestä
  • German: waschen

Extensive Definition

Laundering can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

baptize, bath, bathe, clean, cleanse, douche, flush, flush out, gargle, holystone, irrigate, lather, lave, legalize, legitimate, legitimatize, legitimize, mop, mop up, rinse, rinse out, ritually immerse, scour, scrub, scrub up, shampoo, shower, sluice, sluice out, soap, sponge, swab, syringe, toivel, tub, wash, wash out, wash up
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