Simple Definition of embezzle
: to steal money that you have been trusted with
Examples of embezzle
He was caught embezzling money from his clients.
He was convicted of embezzling.
Origin of embezzle
Middle English embesilen, from Anglo-French embesiller to make away with, from en- + besiller to steal, plunder
First Known Use: 15th century
EMBEZZLE Defined for Kids
Definition of embezzle
: to steal (money or property) despite being entrusted to take care of it <The banker embezzled money from his customers.>
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