Definition of purloin
: to appropriate wrongfully and often by a breach of trust
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Examples of purloin in a Sentence
the studio stepped up security, fearing that someone might attempt to purloin a copy of the script for the show's season finale
Recent Examples of purloin from the Web
The petition to the high court comes from a San Antonio man whom the RIAA accused of using the Kazaa file-sharing program to purloin its members’ music in 2006.
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Synonym Discussion of purloin
PURLOIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of purloin for English Language Learners
: to take (something that belongs to someone else)
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