embezzle

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

Origin:
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 < ?

embezzlement, noun
embezzler, noun
nonembezzlement, noun
unembezzled, adjective


misappropriate.
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embezzle (ɪmˈbɛzəl)
 
vb
to convert (money or property entrusted to one) fraudulently to one's own use
 
[C15: from Anglo-French embeseiller to destroy, from Old French beseiller to make away with, of uncertain origin]
 
em'bezzlement
 
n
 
em'bezzler
 
n

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embezzle
mid-15c., from Anglo-Fr. embesiler "to steal, cause to disappear" (c.1300), from O.Fr. besillier "torment, destroy, gouge," of unknown origin. Sense of "to dispose of fraudulently" is first recorded 1580s.
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embezzlement definition


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

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Example sentences
King was charged with one count of theft and embezzlement and eight counts of
  money laundering.
The jury then returned into court nine indictments for embezzlement for public
  money.
He was indicted on five counts of embezzlement and three counts of obtaining.
The affair began with an investigation into embezzlement.
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