[ em-bez-uhl ]
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verb (used with object),em·bez·zled, em·bez·zling.
  1. to appropriate fraudulently to one's own use, as money or property entrusted to one's care.

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 < ?

Other words for embezzle

Other words from embezzle

  • em·bez·zle·ment, noun
  • em·bez·zler, noun
  • non·em·bez·zle·ment, noun
  • un·em·bez·zled, adjective

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How to use embezzle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for embezzle


/ (ɪmˈbɛzəl) /

  1. to convert (money or property entrusted to one) fraudulently to one's own use

Origin of embezzle

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

Derived forms of embezzle

  • embezzlement, noun
  • embezzler, noun

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