- The action or crime of stealing: he was convicted of theft [count noun]: the latest theft happened at a garageMore example sentences
robbery, stealing, thieving, larceny, thievery, robbing, pilfering, pilferage, purloining; shoplifting, burglary; raid, hold-up; appropriation, expropriation, misappropriation, embezzlement; in India dacoity
- 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.
Old English thīefth, thēofth, of Germanic origin; related to thief.