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Embezzle definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

EMBEZ'ZLE, v.t. [Heb. signifies to plunder.]
1. To appropriate fraudulently to one's own use what is entrusted to one's care and management. It differs from stealing and robbery in this, that the latter imply a wrongful taking of another's goods,but embezzlement denotes the wrongful appropriation and use of what came into possession by right. It is not uncommon for men entrusted with public money to embezzle it.
2. To waste; to dissipate in extravagance.
When thou hast embezzled all thy store.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

v
1: appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use; "The accountant embezzled thousands of dollars while working for the wealthy family" [syn: embezzle, defalcate, peculate, misappropriate, malversate]

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb (embezzled; embezzling) Etymology: Middle English embesilen, from Anglo-French embesiller to make away with, from en- + besiller to steal, plunder Date: 15th century to appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use <embezzled thousands of dollars> embezzlement noun embezzler noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. (also absol.) divert (money etc.) fraudulently to one's own use. Derivatives: embezzlement n. embezzler n. Etymology: AF embesiler (as EN-(1), OF besillier maltreat, ravage, of unkn. orig.)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Embezzle Em*bez"zle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Embezzled; p. pr. & vb. n. Embezzling.] [Norm. F. embeseiller to destroy; cf. OF. besillier to ill treat, ravage, destroy. Cf. Bezzle.] 1. To appropriate fraudulently to one's own use, as property intrusted to one's care; to apply to one's private uses by a breach of trust; as, to embezzle money held in trust. 2. To misappropriate; to waste; to dissipate in extravagance. [Obs.] To embezzle our money in drinking or gaming. --Sharp.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(embezzles, embezzling, embezzled) If someone embezzles money that their organization or company has placed in their care, they take it and use it illegally for their own purposes. One former director embezzled $34 million in company funds. VERB: V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. Appropriate to one's own use (what is intrusted), misappropriate, purloin, steal, come unlawfully by.

Moby Thesaurus

abstract, abuse, and, annex, appropriate, bag, befoul, boost, borrow, convert, cop, crib, debase, defalcate, defile, defraud, desecrate, divert, extort, filch, foul, hook, lift, loot, make off with, maladminister, misapply, misappropriate, misemploy, mishandle, mismanage, misuse, nip, palm, peculate, pervert, pilfer, pinch, poach, pollute, profane, prostitute, purloin, run away with, rustle, scrounge, shoplift, snare, snatch, snitch, steal, swindle, swipe, take, thieve, violate, walk off with




 


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