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

     

    siphon

     verb
    (also syphon)verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪfn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪfn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they siphon
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪfn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪfn//
     
    he / she / it siphons
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪfnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪfnz//
     
    past simple siphoned
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪfnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪfnd//
     
    past participle siphoned
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪfnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪfnd//
     
    -ing form siphoning
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪfnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪfnɪŋ//
     
     
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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 pounds from the company into her own bank account.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from French, or via Latin from Greek siphōn ‘pipe’. The verb dates from the mid 19th cent.
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