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

 

purloin

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//pɜːˈlɔɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrˈlɔɪn//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈpɜːlɔɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrlɔɪn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they purloin
BrE BrE//pɜːˈlɔɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrˈlɔɪn//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈpɜːlɔɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrlɔɪn//
 
he / she / it purloins
BrE BrE//pɜːˈlɔɪnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrˈlɔɪnz//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈpɜːlɔɪnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrlɔɪnz//
 
past simple purloined
BrE BrE//pɜːˈlɔɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrˈlɔɪnd//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈpɜːlɔɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrlɔɪnd//
 
past participle purloined
BrE BrE//pɜːˈlɔɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrˈlɔɪnd//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈpɜːlɔɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrlɔɪnd//
 
-ing form purloining
BrE BrE//pɜːˈlɔɪnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrˈlɔɪnɪŋ//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈpɜːlɔɪnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrlɔɪnɪŋ//
 
Committing crime
 
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purloin something (from somebody/something) (formal or humorous) to steal something or use it without permission We purloined a couple of old computers from work. See related entries: Committing crime Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘put at a distance’): from Anglo-Norman French purloigner ‘put away’, from pur- ‘forth’ + loign ‘far’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: purloin