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Definition of pilfer verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pilfer
he / she / it pilfers
past simple pilfered
-ing form pilfering
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to steal things of little value or in small quantities, especially from the place where you work pilfer (from somebody/something) He was caught pilfering. pilfer something (from somebody/something) She regularly pilfered stamps from work.
noun [uncountable] (formal) pilferage of goods
noun Certain types of goods are preferred by pilferers.
noun [uncountable] We know that pilfering goes on.
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