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Definition of "purloin" [pur•loin]

  • To steal, often in a violation of trust. See Synonyms at steal. (verb-transitive)
  • To commit theft. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "purloin" in a sentence
  • "Les Synonyms: dérober = to purloin chiper = to swipe, filch piquer = to pinch, to nick"
  • "He decides to purloin the urn and find out how it got into the back of that cab."
  • "In court papers, the artist group says it believed they had permission to remove the painting as long as they didn't attempt to purloin any scrap metal."