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peculate

[ pek-yuh-leyt ]
/ 藞p蓻k y蓹藢le瑟t /
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verb (used with or without object), pec路u路lat路ed, pec路u路lat路ing.
to steal or take dishonestly (money, especially public funds, or property entrusted to one's care); embezzle.
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Origin of peculate

First recorded in 1740鈥50; verb use of peculate 鈥渆mbezzlement鈥 (now obsolete), from Latin past participle and noun pec奴l膩tus 鈥渆mbezzled; embezzlement,鈥 equivalent to pec奴l膩(r墨) ) 鈥渢o embezzle,鈥 literally, 鈥渢o make public property private鈥 + -tus suffix of verbal action, derivative of pecu 鈥渨ealth, livestock, movable property鈥; see origin at peculiar, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM peculate

pec路u路la路tion, nounpec路u路la路tor, nounun路pec路u路lat路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for peculate

peculate
/ (藞p蓻kj蕣藢le瑟t) /

verb
to appropriate or embezzle (public money)

Derived forms of peculate

peculation, nounpeculator, noun

Word Origin for peculate

C18: from Latin pec奴l膩r墨, from pec奴lium private property (originally, cattle); see peculiar
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