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embezzle

Syllabification: em·bez·zle
Pronunciation: /əmˈbezəl
 
/

Definition of embezzle in English:

verb

[with object]
Steal or misappropriate (money placed in one’s trust or belonging to the organization for which one works): she had embezzled $5,600,000 in company funds
More example sentences
  • That seems to assume that if a solicitor's clerk embezzles money from the trust account, he is not defrauding his employer.
  • If not closely monitored, they will embezzle aid money and misappropriate resources provided by the coalition.
  • There was a case of fraud by a council official involved with the social work department, who was prosecuted for embezzling money, but this had nothing to do with the funding of Third Age.
Synonyms
misappropriate, steal, thieve, pilfer, purloin, appropriate, defraud someone of, siphon off, pocket, help oneself to;
abstract
informal rob, rip off, skim, line one's pockets with, pinch

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'steal'): from Anglo-Norman French embesiler, from besiler in the same sense (compare with Old French besillier 'maltreat, ravage'), of unknown ultimate origin. The current sense dates from the late 16th century.

Derivatives

embezzler

1
Pronunciation: /emˈbezlər/
noun
Example sentences
  • The question must be asked: Should one of the main architects of the Balkan wars go down in history as a convicted embezzler or a convicted war criminal?
  • All criminals, I suppose, in one sense, are a danger to the community - embezzlers just as much as child molesters.
  • This problem appears to demonstrate intent to manipulate elections, and was installed in the program under the watch of a programmer who is a convicted embezzler.

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