- to appropriate fraudulently to one's own use, as money or property entrusted to one's care.
Origin of embezzle
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Examples from the Web for embezzle
In fact, according to the 2011 Marquet Report on Embezzlement, women are more likely to embezzle than men.Most Notorious ‘Pink-Collar’ Criminal to Be Sentenced for $53 Million Theft
February 14, 2013
The village is poor, but the local party secretary managed to embezzle at least $700,000-$800,000.Has China Gone Mad?
April 2, 2010
I don't say it was proved on the other hand that he did embezzle that sum.Hard Cash
Guzman, however, managed to embezzle a couple of partridges and some quails.Legends & Romances of Spain
I cannot believe that that man will ever embezzle money again.Selections from Previous Works
"Embezzle for him $70,000 worth of securities," thought the examiner.Roads of Destiny
In return they were always trying to beg or embezzle the treasure of the king at Susa.
- to convert (money or property entrusted to one) fraudulently to one's own use
Word Origin and History for embezzle
early 15c., from Anglo-French embesiler "to steal, cause to disappear" (c.1300), from Old French em- (see en- (1)) + besillier "torment, destroy, gouge," of unknown origin. Sense of "to dispose of fraudulently" is first recorded 1580s. Related: Embezzled; embezzling.