peculate

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈpɛkjʊˌleɪt/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(pekyə lāt′)

Inflections of 'peculate' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
peculates
v 3rd person singular
peculating
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
peculated
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
peculated
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
pec•u•late  (pekyə lāt′),USA pronunciation v.t., v.i.,  -lat•ed, -lat•ing. 
  1. to steal or take dishonestly (money, esp. public funds, or property entrusted to one's care);
    embezzle.
pec′u•lation, n. 
pecu•la′tor, n. 
  • Latin pecūlātus, equivalent. to pecūlā() to embezzle, literally, to make public property private + -tus suffix of verb, verbal action. See peculiar, -ate1
  • verb, verbal use of peculate embezzlement (now obsolete) 1740–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
peculate /ˈpɛkjʊˌleɪt/ vb
  1. to appropriate or embezzle (public money)
Etymology: 18th Century: from Latin pecūlārī, from pecūlium private property (originally, cattle); see peculiar

ˌpecuˈlation n ˈpecuˌlator n
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