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LAUNDER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does launder mean? 

LAUNDER (verb)
  The verb LAUNDER has 2 senses:

1. cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water
2. convert illegally obtained funds into legal ones

  Familiarity information: LAUNDER used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


LAUNDER (verb)


Sense 1launder [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

launder; wash

Context example:

Wash the towels, please!

Hypernyms (to "launder" is one way to...):

clean; make clean (make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "launder"):

water-wash (wash with water)

machine wash; machine-wash (wash by machine)

hand-wash; handwash (wash or launder by hand instead of with a machine)

stone-wash; stonewash (wash with stones to achieve a worn appearance)

cradle (wash in a cradle)

rinse; rinse off (wash off soap or remaining dirt)

suds (wash in suds)

powerwash; pressure-wash (wash before painting to remove old paint and mildew)

wash out (wash free from unwanted substances, such as dirt)

acid-wash (wash with acid so as to achieve a bleached look)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They launder the cape


Sense 2launder [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Convert illegally obtained funds into legal ones

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Hypernyms (to "launder" is one way to...):

change; commute; convert; exchange (exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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