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embezzle

[ em-bez-uhl ]
/ ɛmˈbɛz əl /
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verb (used with object), em·bez·zled, em·bez·zling.

to appropriate fraudulently to one's own use, as money or property entrusted to one's care.

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ember days, ember goose, ember week, embergoose, emberizine, embezzle, embezzlement, embezzler, embiid, embiotocid, embitter

Origin of embezzle

1375–1425; late Middle English embesilen < Anglo-French embeseiller to destroy, make away with, equivalent to em- em-1 + beseiller, Old French beseiller to destroy < ?
SYNONYMS FOR embezzle
Related formsem·bez·zle·ment, nounem·bez·zler, nounnon·em·bez·zle·ment, nounun·em·bez·zled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for embezzlement

embezzle

/ (ɪmˈbɛzəl) /

verb

to convert (money or property entrusted to one) fraudulently to one's own use
Derived Formsembezzlement, nounembezzler, noun

Word Origin for embezzle

C15: from Anglo-French embeseiller to destroy, from Old French beseiller to make away with, of uncertain origin
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Culture definitions for embezzlement

embezzlement


The stealing of money entrusted to one's care: “The treasurer of the company embezzled a million dollars.”

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