Definition of shoplifting in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɒplɪftɪŋ/


[mass noun]
The action of stealing goods from a shop while pretending to be a customer: she had convictions for shoplifting
More example sentences
  • He said the use of cameras in Wootton Bassett had seen a big drop in vandalism and shoplifting.
  • Theft is nothing unusual at the shop, which suffers shoplifting on a daily basis.
  • This is like saying that shoplifting isn't stealing because you're not robbing a bank.



Pronunciation: /ˈʃɒpˌlɪft/
Example sentences
  • Most of them shoplift, burgle and steal to feed their habits, according to police.
  • Offenders who repeatedly shoplift or commit acts of vandalism will be prosecuted as part of the approach.
  • Mary stole from her father's wallet and shoplifted to get attention, but nobody noticed.


Pronunciation: /ˈʃɒpˌlɪftə/
Example sentences
  • The more seriously society takes shoplifting, the more shoplifters will be deterred.
  • Offenders include shoplifters trying to evade arrest, but also aggressive and abusive customers.
  • Obviously, a shoplifter should not be killed for shoplifting, but they should be punished, and they should be locked up.

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