Em*bez"zle (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Embezzled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Embezzling (?).] [Norm. F. embeseiller to destroy; cf. OF. besillier to ill treat, ravage, destroy. Cf. Bezzle.]

1.

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; as, to embezzle money held in trust.

2.

To misappropriate; to waste; to dissipate in extravagance.

[Obs.]

To embezzle our money in drinking or gaming. Sharp.

 

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