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theft

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noun \ˈtheft\

Simple Definition of theft

  • : the act or crime of stealing

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of theft

  1. 1a :  the act of stealing; specifically :  the felonious taking and removing of personal property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of itb :  an unlawful taking (as by embezzlement or burglary) of property

  2. 2 obsolete :  something stolen

  3. 3 :  a stolen base in baseball

Examples of theft in a sentence

  1. The theft of the jewelry and other valuables was immediately reported to the police.

  2. He was found guilty of theft.



Origin and Etymology of theft

Middle English thiefthe, from Old English thīefth; akin to Old English thēof thief


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with theft



THEFT Defined for Kids

theft

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noun \ˈtheft\

Definition of theft for Students

  1. :  the act of stealing




Law Dictionary

theft

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Legal Definition of theft

  1. :  larceny; broadly :  a criminal taking of the property or services of another without consent Editor's note: Theft commonly encompasses by statute a variety of forms of stealing formerly treated as distinct crimes. grand theft :  theft of property or services whose value exceeds a specified amount or of a specified kind of property (as an automobile) Editor's note: Grand theft is a felony. identity theft :  the unauthorized use of another's means of identification (as name or social security number) for the purpose of commiting theft or another crime petty theft :  theft of property or services whose value is below a specified amount —called also petit theft Editor's note: Petty theft is a misdemeanor but may be aggravated by prior convictions.



Origin and Etymology of theft

Old English thiefth



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