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- (transitive) To take the property of another, often in breach of trust; to appropriate wrongfully; to steal.
- 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.
To convert the property of another