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tr. & intr.v. pec·u·lat·ed, pec·u·lat·ing, pec·u·lates
To embezzle (funds) or engage in embezzlement.
(Law) to appropriate or embezzle (public money)
[C18: from Latin pecūlārī, from pecūlium private property (originally, cattle); see peculiar]
v.t., v.i. -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
to steal or take dishonestly (money, esp. public funds, or property entrusted to one's care); embezzle.
[1740–50; v. use of peculate embezzlement (now obsolete) < Latin pecūlātus, derivative of pecūlā(rī) to embezzle]
Past participle: peculated
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|Verb||1.||peculate - appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use; "The accountant embezzled thousands of dollars while working for the wealthy family"|
fiddle - commit fraud and steal from one's employer; "We found out that she had been fiddling for years"
steal - take without the owner's consent; "Someone stole my wallet on the train"; "This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"