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embezzle

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verb em·bez·zle \im-ˈbe-zəl, em-\

Simple Definition of embezzle

  • : to steal money that you have been trusted with

Full Definition of embezzle

em·bez·zledem·bez·zling play \-(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use <embezzled thousands of dollars>

em·bez·zle·ment play \-zəl-mənt\ noun
em·bez·zler play \-z(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of embezzle

  1. He was caught embezzling money from his clients.

  2. 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

embezzle

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verb em·bez·zle \im-ˈbe-zəl\

Definition of embezzle

em·bez·zledem·bez·zling

  1. :  to steal (money or property) despite being entrusted to take care of it <The banker embezzled money from his customers.>





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