Meaning of “smuggle” in the English Dictionary

"smuggle" in British English

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smuggleverb [ T usually + adv/prep ]

uk /ˈsmʌɡ.əl/ us /ˈsmʌɡ.əl/

C2 to take things or people to or from a place secretly and often illegally:

She was caught trying to smuggle 26 kilos of heroin out of/into the country.
They managed to smuggle a video of the captive journalists out of the prison.

More examples

  • All four men deny trying to smuggle drugs.
  • There are severe penalties for smuggling guns into the country.
  • Four more Britons were jailed in France yesterday for trying to smuggle illegal immigrants into England.
  • Together they plotted to smuggle weapons into the troubled region.
  • They pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle $8 million worth of marijuana.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈsmʌɡ.lɪŋ/ us /ˈsmʌɡ.lɪŋ/

The murdered man is thought to have been involved in drug smuggling.

(Definition of “smuggle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"smuggle" in American English

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smuggleverb [ T ]

us /ˈsmʌɡ·əl/

to take things or people to or from a country or place illegally and secretly:

He was caught trying to smuggle goods across the border.
noun [ C ] us /ˈsmʌɡ·lər/

drug smugglers

(Definition of “smuggle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"smuggle" in Business English

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smuggleverb [ T ]

uk /ˈsmʌɡl/ us

LAW to take goods or people into or out of a country illegally:

He was sentenced to 65 months in prison for smuggling 14 kilograms of cocaine.
smuggle sb/sth into somewhere The three immigrants were smuggled into Florida.
smuggle sb/sth in Customs officials believe up to 100 pets are smuggled in each week.
smuggle sb/sth out of somewhere The money was smuggled out of the country.
smuggle sb/sth out A third of all the maize-meal milled in Zambia is smuggled out.
The people were smuggled across the border.

(Definition of “smuggle” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)