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theft

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Pronunciation: /θɛft
 
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Definition of theft in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The action or crime of stealing: he was convicted of theft [count noun]: the latest theft happened at a garage
More example sentences
  • Other crimes such as burglaries and thefts from cars had decreased, he added.
  • Scene of crime officers were alerted to the string of thefts when the crimes came to light on Monday.
  • Police say most of the crimes have involved thefts of push bikes or from cars.
Synonyms

Origin

Old English thīefth, thēofth, of Germanic origin; related to thief.

Words that rhyme with theft

bereft, cleft, deft, eft, heft, klepht, left, reft, weft

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