Definition of “pilfer” - English Dictionary

“pilfer” in American English

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pilferverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈpɪl·fər/

to steal things of little value or in small amounts:

[ I/T ] Neighborhood kids were pilfering (candy) from the corner store.

(Definition of “pilfer” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“pilfer” in Business English

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pilferverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈpɪlfər/ us

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.
noun [ U ]

Closed circuit TVs have helped reduce the levels of pilferage experienced by retailers.
noun [ U ]

His pilfering of the fund landed him in prison and destroyed his political career.

(Definition of “pilfer” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)