purloin


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pur·loin

 (pər-loin′, pûr′loin′)
tr.v. pur·loined, pur·loin·ing, pur·loins
To steal, especially in a stealthy way. See Synonyms at steal.

[Middle English purloinen, to remove, from Anglo-Norman purloigner : pur-, away (from Latin prō-; see pro-1) + loign, far (from Latin longē, from longus, long; see del- in Indo-European roots).]

pur·loin′er n.

purloin

(pɜːˈlɔɪn)
vb
(Law) to take (something) dishonestly; steal
[C15: from Old French porloigner to put at a distance, from por- for +loin distant, from Latin longus long]
purˈloiner n

pur•loin

(pərˈlɔɪn, ˈpɜr lɔɪn)

v.t.
1. to take dishonestly; steal; filch.
v.i.
2. to commit theft; steal.
[1400–50; late Middle English purloynen < Anglo-French purloigner to put off, remove =pur- (< Latin prō- pro-1) + -loigner, derivative of loin at a distance, far off < Latin longē]
pur•loin′er, n.

purloin

- Meaning to steal, it is from Latin pur/pro, "forth," and loign, "far."
See also related terms for steal.

purloin


Past participle: purloined
Gerund: purloining

Imperative
purloin
purloin
Present
I purloin
you purloin
he/she/it purloins
we purloin
you purloin
they purloin
Preterite
I purloined
you purloined
he/she/it purloined
we purloined
you purloined
they purloined
Present Continuous
I am purloining
you are purloining
he/she/it is purloining
we are purloining
you are purloining
they are purloining
Present Perfect
I have purloined
you have purloined
he/she/it has purloined
we have purloined
you have purloined
they have purloined
Past Continuous
I was purloining
you were purloining
he/she/it was purloining
we were purloining
you were purloining
they were purloining
Past Perfect
I had purloined
you had purloined
he/she/it had purloined
we had purloined
you had purloined
they had purloined
Future
I will purloin
you will purloin
he/she/it will purloin
we will purloin
you will purloin
they will purloin
Future Perfect
I will have purloined
you will have purloined
he/she/it will have purloined
we will have purloined
you will have purloined
they will have purloined
Future Continuous
I will be purloining
you will be purloining
he/she/it will be purloining
we will be purloining
you will be purloining
they will be purloining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been purloining
you have been purloining
he/she/it has been purloining
we have been purloining
you have been purloining
they have been purloining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been purloining
you will have been purloining
he/she/it will have been purloining
we will have been purloining
you will have been purloining
they will have been purloining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been purloining
you had been purloining
he/she/it had been purloining
we had been purloining
you had been purloining
they had been purloining
Conditional
I would purloin
you would purloin
he/she/it would purloin
we would purloin
you would purloin
they would purloin
Past Conditional
I would have purloined
you would have purloined
he/she/it would have purloined
we would have purloined
you would have purloined
they would have purloined
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.purloin - make off with belongings of otherspurloin - make off with belongings of others  
steal - take without the owner's consent; "Someone stole my wallet on the train"; "This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"

purloin

verb (Formal) steal, rob, lift (informal), nick (slang, chiefly Brit.), appropriate, trouser (slang), pinch (informal), swipe (slang), knock off (slang), blag (slang), pilfer, walk off with, snitch (slang), filch, prig (Brit. slang), snaffle (Brit. informal), thieve He was caught purloining books from the library.

purloin

verb
To take (another's property) without permission:
Informal: lift, swipe.
Translations

purloin

[pɜːˈlɔɪn] VT (frm or hum) → robar

purloin

[pɜːrˈlɔɪn] vtdérober

purloin

vt (form, hum)entwenden (form, hum)

purloin

[pɜːˈlɔɪn] vt (frm) → sottrarre, rubare
References in classic literature ?
An alderman coming from a turtle feast will not step out of his carnage to steal a leg of mutton; but put him to starve, and see if he will not purloin a loaf.
He broke into outhouses with an axe he managed to purloin in a wood-cutters' camp.
There are now only two points between her and Aimee, so Kathryn will be steeling herself to purloin back her prestigious placing.
The claim follows a string of arrests across the region, as part of the force's Operation Purloin.
can't in any case purloin, bring something of it back to the table.
Pelletier, "In late 2005, the defendant became aware that some of his FedEx co-workers had opened package shipments containing firearms and opted to purloin the contents of those packages.
The plan, to be considered at a council hearing this month, would strip Van Nuys of its historic airport and purloin Lake Balboa from Encino.
During the quarter-century Reilly spent working for--but not always with--the British he posed as a priest to obtain essential Persian oil concessions for the British Admiralty, worked as a welder in a German war plant so that he could purloin naval secrets, and infiltrated a wartime meeting of the German High Command by assuming the identity of a German colonel he had killed.
In between watching TV and skiving (he's a martyr to his back) he managed to purloin the Fowlers' new double-bed and set Arthur's bench alight.
so that these bastards purloin the gift of God and use it to worship the foe of God" (Liturgy and Hymns, in Luther's Works 53 [American ed.
In the past, for example, it proved almost impossible for a juvenile delinquent to steal the amount of funds that a white collar criminal, such as an embezzler, could purloin.