the unlawful taking and carrying away of property without the consent of its owner <while violent crime in the city has decreased dramatically, rates of theft and vandalism have risen slightly> Related Words burglary
; petit larceny
, petty larceny
; black marketeering
an instance of theft <the police found the stolen car an hour after the theft was reported>
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