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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).]
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(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]
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pur•loin(pərˈlɔɪn, ˈpɜr lɔɪn)
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]
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purloin- Meaning to steal, it is from Latin pur/pro, "forth," and loign, "far."
See also related terms for steal.
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Past participle: purloined
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|Verb||1.||purloin - 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"
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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.
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purloin[pɜːˈlɔɪn] VT (frm or hum) → robar
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purloin[pɜːrˈlɔɪn] vt → dérober
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vt (form, hum) → entwenden (form, hum)
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