Definition of embezzle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

embezzle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪmˈbezl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbezl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they embezzle
BrE BrE//ɪmˈbezl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbezl//
 
he / she / it embezzles
BrE BrE//ɪmˈbezlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbezlz//
 
past simple embezzled
BrE BrE//ɪmˈbezld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbezld//
 
past participle embezzled
BrE BrE//ɪmˈbezld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbezld//
 
-ing form embezzling
BrE BrE//ɪmˈbezlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbezlɪŋ//
 
Types of crime, Committing crime
 
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[transitive, intransitive] embezzle (something) to steal money that you are responsible for or that belongs to your employer He was found guilty of embezzling $150 000 of public funds. See related entries: Types of crime, Committing crime Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘steal’): from Anglo-Norman French embesiler, from besiler in the same sense (compare with Old French besillier ‘maltreat, ravage’), of unknown ultimate origin. The current sense dates from the late 16th cent.
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