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Definition of siphon verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also syphon) verb
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they siphon
    he / she / it siphons
    past simple siphoned
    -ing form siphoning
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  1. 1siphon something (+ adv./prep.) to move a liquid from one container to another, using a siphon I siphoned the gasoline out of the car into a can. The waste liquid needs to be siphoned off.
  2. 2siphon something (+ adv./prep.) (informal) to remove money from one place and move it to another, especially dishonestly or illegally synonym divert She has been accused of siphoning off thousands of dollars from the company into her own bank account.
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