embezzle[em bez′əl, im-]
- Embezzle is defined as to steal money or assets that do not belong to you.
An example of embezzle is if you reroute company and client money into your own bank account.
transitive verbem·bez·zled, em·bez·zling, em·bez·zles
Origin of embezzleMiddle English embesilen, from Anglo-Norman enbesiler : Old French en-, intensive pref.; see en–1 + Old French besillier, to ravage.
(third-person singular simple present embezzles, present participle embezzling, simple past and past participle embezzled)
1469, from Anglo-Norman embesiler (“to steal, cause to disappear”) (1305), from Old French besillier (“torment, destroy, gouge”), of unknown origin.
embezzle - Legal Definition