from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take (money, for example) for one's own use in violation of a trust.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To steal or misappropriate money that one has been trusted with, especially to steal money from one's employer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To appropriate fraudulently to one's own use, as property intrusted to one's care; to apply to one's private uses by a breach of trust.
- transitive v. To misappropriate; to waste; to dissipate in extravagance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To weaken; diminish the power or extent of.
- To waste or dissipate in extravagance; misappropriate or misspend.
- To steal slyly; purloin; filch; make off with.
- To appropriate fraudulently to one's own use, as what is intrusted to one's care; apply to one's private use by a breach of trust, as a clerk or servant who misappropriates his employer's money or valuables.
- To confuse; amaze.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use
Middle English embesilen, from Anglo-Norman enbesiler : Old French en-, intensive pref.; see en-1 + Old French besillier, to ravage.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1469, from Anglo-Norman embesiler ("to steal, cause to disappear") (1305), from Old French besillier ("torment, destroy, gouge"), of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)