To conceal the source of money as by channeling it through an intermediary.
Look at us. We're such nerds we're looking up money laundering in the dictionary.
by liron00 October 7, 2006
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The act of changing the name of the purpose of a venmo transaction to hide the reason the transaction was made. Generally used for narcotics transactions or other illegal purchases
Me: Hey dude, can you Venmo me $20 for those boomers?
Bill: Thing! I am going to Venmo launder it and call it tacos! I'll even add an avocado emoji
by Senor Dank Nugs October 16, 2021
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Reputational laundering - the act of appearing to do good publicly in order to offset a negative image. A technique usually employed by individuals or corporations who have made their money in a morally questionable fashion and who wish to appear to have a moral conscience.

Reputational laundering often comes in the form of Corporate Social Responsibility, where a relatively trivial sum of profits are donated by the corporation to fund socially oriented activities in order to suggest that the corporation is socially responsible.

An example, often sited, would be major oil companies giving charitable funds to communities in the Nigeria Delta whose original livelihoods they were implicit in destroying through the extraction of crude oil.

However the practice of reputational laundering is by no means exclusive to corporations. Many morally bankrupt individuals donate money to charity in order that they are seen to care about social or environmental issues. As an added benefit to their undeservedly improved public image they also enjoy significant tax breaks on their donations.
Given that it has just paid record fines for insider trading, PJ Gorman’s effort to support a youth programme in the inner city is little more than reputational laundering.
by katrinmacmillan May 10, 2016
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When Betsy DeVos, Mick Mulvaney, and Elaine Chao say they are leaving the Trump Administration because they have principles, but we all know it’s less than two weeks before they would be out of their jobs anyway and they just want to save their social standing and careers in the future. Plus, they have no principles or integrity.
These reputational laundering attempts coming out in the final hours of the Trump White House are fooling no one.
by 45 exits the building January 9, 2021
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(n.) The process of hiding the source of illegal income by processing it through a large-turnover entity, who takes a premium from it, and then receiving the income from that entity to avoid suspicion.

This definition has evolved to include any form of hiding income (or sources of income) in the interests of avoiding tax, although the problem posed by non-specific 'cover-all' statements means that it is open to loopholes because of the vast grey areas.

Money laundering has been practised for over 6000 years, but the term itself comes from the prohibition era of american history.
If a public limited company were to pay its director fees or dividends through purchasing toy cars worth £1 each for @ £50,000 each from a foreign company (and listing them as real cars) owned by the receiving directors/shareholders so they get their money with minor taxation, that would be covered by the extended definition of money laundering.
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A criminal conduct, for which offender can get a sentence in pound me in the ass prison
If we get caught money laundering, we're not going to white collar resort prison. No, no, no. We're going to Federal pound me in the ass prison
by dildo777 September 20, 2018
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The process of running illegal proceeds through a supposedly legitimate business, to turn your "dirty" money into "clean" money, and, uh, fuck it just go watch season 4 of Breaking Bad.
Money laundering plays a major role in season 4 of Breaking Bad. You should check it out sometime.
by HighwayRobber October 1, 2015
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