purloin

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verb pur·loin \(ˌ)pər-ˈlȯin, ˈpər-ˌ\

Definition of purloin

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to appropriate wrongfully and often by a breach of trust

purloiner

noun

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Examples of purloin in a sentence

  1. the studio stepped up security, fearing that someone might attempt to purloin a copy of the script for the show's season finale

Origin and Etymology of purloin

Middle English, to put away, misappropriate, from Anglo-French purluigner to prolong, postpone, set aside, from pur- forward + luin, loing at a distance, from Latin longe, from longus long — more at purchase, long


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of purloin

steal, pilfer, filch, purloin mean to take from another without right or without detection. steal may apply to any surreptitious taking of something and differs from the other terms by commonly applying to intangibles as well as material things steal jewels stole a look at the gifts. pilfer implies stealing repeatedly in small amounts pilfered from his employer. filch adds a suggestion of snatching quickly and surreptitiously filched an apple from the tray. purloin stresses removing or carrying off for one's own use or purposes printed a purloined document.

PURLOIN Defined for English Language Learners

purloin

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verb pur·loin \(ˌ)pər-ˈlȯin, ˈpər-ˌ\

Definition of purloin for English Language Learners

  • : to take (something that belongs to someone else)


Law Dictionary

purloin

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transitive verb pur·loin \pər-ˈlȯin, ˈpər-ˌlȯin\

Legal Definition of purloin

  1. :  steal



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