› to steal things that are not worth much money, especially from the place where you work: He was caught pilfering stationery more than once.
› to steal money, ideas, information, etc. from an organization: They were charged with conspiracy to pilfer $600m from a major international conglomerate. U.S. officials claimed the plane's electronic surveillance equipment had been thoroughly examined and pilfered by their military. pilferage noun [U] › Closed circuit TVs have helped reduce the levels of pilferage experienced by retailers. pilfering noun [U] › His pilfering of the fund landed him in prison and destroyed his political career. → See Note steal