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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of embezzle

embezzledembezzling 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>

embezzlement play \-zəl-mənt\ noun
embezzler play \-z(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of embezzle in a sentence

  1. He was caught embezzling money from his clients.

  2. He was convicted of embezzling.



Did You Know?

English has a lot of verbs that mean to steal - some more specific than others. "Pilfer," "purloin," "rob," "swipe," "plunder," "filch," and "thieve" are some noted examples. "Embezzle" differs from these by stressing the improper appropriation of property to which a person is entrusted - often in the form of company funds. First appearing in English in the 15th century, embezzle derives via Middle English from the Anglo-French embesiller, meaning "to make away," formed from the prefix en- and the verb besiller, meaning "to steal or plunder." Related to "embezzle" is "bezzle," a verb used in some British English dialects to mean "to waste or plunder" or "to drink or eat to excess."

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 for Students

embezzledembezzling

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




Law Dictionary

embezzle

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transitive verb em·bez·zle \im-ˈbe-zəl\

Legal Definition of embezzle

embezzledembezzling

  1. :  to convert (property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use — compare defalcate

embezzlement noun
embezzler noun


Origin of embezzle

Anglo-French embeseiller to make away with, from en-, prefix stressing completion + beseller to snatch, misappropriate, from Old French, to destroy



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