- (transitive) To take the property of another, often in breach of trust; to appropriate wrongfully; to steal.
- Had from his wakeful custody purloined / The guarded gold.
1900, One Who Was in It, chapter 8, in Kruger's Secret Service, pages 168-169:
- Probably my acquaintance, Mr Blank, therefore, would have been able, if he had so wished to do, to purloin the papers which he mentioned.
- (intransitive) To commit theft; to thieve.
2006 , William Gouge, Of Domestical Duties, →ISBN, page 454:
- The Apostle expressly forbiddeth servants to purloin (Titus 2:10).
To convert the property of another