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peculate

verb appropriate criminally, appropriate dishonestly, appropriate illegally, appropriate wrongfully, bilk, cheat, cozen, deceive, defraud, divert, embezzle, mulct, obtain money on false pretenses, obtain under false pretenses, pilfer, purloin, rob, steal, swindle
See also: bilk, cheat, convert, defalcate, defraud, impropriate, loot, misappropriate, mulct, poach, purloin, rob, steal

peculate

to appropriate or embezzle public money.
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We peculated earlier, however, that the strong export role in this industry might involve the supply of adapted variants of a centrally-created product to meet particular government regulations and health service requirements in several different market Implementing these adaptations in such a technologically sophisticated industry may then need the commitment of a dedicated R & D unit to support the production facility.