verb em·bez·zle \im-ˈbe-zəl, em-\

: to steal money that you have been trusted with

em·bez·zledem·bez·zling \-(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of EMBEZZLE

transitive verb
:  to appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use <embezzled thousands of dollars>
em·bez·zle·ment \-zəl-mənt\ noun
em·bez·zler \-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

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi
EMBEZZLEMENT Defined for Kids


verb em·bez·zle \im-ˈbe-zəl\

Definition of EMBEZZLE for Kids

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


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