Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® 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

Etymologies

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 embesilerĀ ("to steal, cause to disappear") (1305), from Old French besillierĀ ("torment, destroy, gouge"), of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Further down the translator appears to have mislaid the word embezzle:

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  • I'm going to give to agencies at the local level that don't slice off a goodly amount for "administrative fees" and have little opportunity to "embezzle" the money.

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  • Are you saying that Socialism/Welfare states don't defraud, mislead, and embezzle?

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  • One of the things he did was embezzle funds, more or less, to fund his romantic international tryst.

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  • I couldn't find any independent research that says yes, if a person has lousy credit, he or she is more likely to embezzle money or accept bribes.

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  • Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey said: "It cannot be that right at our door some people embezzle state funds and put them into their own pocket."

    Looking dictators in the pocketbook

  • Federal prosecutors say a Brunswick woman has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for wire fraud in a plot to embezzle more than $700,000 from her employer.

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  • Of course, I also receive a steady flow of letters from those who know they are contemplating doing something very bad indeed, but want me to endorse it: I'm planning to embezzle some money at work, but my company is stinking rich, and my boss wears unattractive jackets, and I myself am a very handsome fellow, so isn't it okay?

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  • In the first of many surprises, Luke pleads with his brother to consider the welfare of, and show charity to, those in debt to him; but he also urges his brother's gentlemen-apprentices to embezzle from him.

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  • She is accused of attempting to embezzle $405 million from the state while heading a gas company in the 1990s, charges she denies.

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