\ ˈhīst How to pronounce heist (audio) \
heisted; heisting; heists

Definition of heist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 chiefly dialectal : hoist
2a : to commit armed robbery on



Definition of heist (Entry 2 of 2)

: armed robbery : holdup also : theft

Synonyms for heist

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of heist in a Sentence

Verb a professional burglar was able to heist a box of jewelry from the safe in the closet Noun it was the largest jewelry heist in the city's history
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The movie chronicles the red sanders heist in the hills of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Sweta Kaushal, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 How can attempting to heist a sequence of legendary, impossible-to-crack safes across Europe not be fun? Lisa Respers France, CNN, 30 Oct. 2021 Dieter is brought in to help heist a sequence of legendary, impossible-to-crack safes across Europe. Nick Romano, EW.com, 25 Sep. 2021 The initial part of the chase — where Washington Protagonist and his partner, Neil, played by Robert Pattinson, heist an object from a moving truck — was rehearsed and filmed as a complete sequence. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2020 McGrady and Lakers executive Jerry West, who heisted Bryant from the Hornets during the 1996 NBA Draft, checked in via video. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Jan. 2020 And two, how does one go about heisting the world’s largest land animal? Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, 12 Nov. 2019 Houston bank branches have been hit with a steady beat of armored truck heists in recent years that involve brazen attacks on couriers. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, 24 Oct. 2019 There are good jokes that work and heist setpieces that don’t. Darren Franich, EW.com, 13 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Anyone with information about the heist or the robber’s identity was asked to call robbery detectives at (619) 531-2299, or San Diego County Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2022 An informant identified Hill as the person who rented a 14-foot U-Haul truck a day before the heist and had returned it a day later. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2022 The Four Seasons heist was one of some 25 armed robberies in the posh Center City neighborhood in the first half of December, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2021 The heist goes bad, and V has to stash it in her head. Christopher Byrd, The New Yorker, 10 Dec. 2021 The burglars, police sources say, used the back alley in the rear of the home to finish the heist, even though the media and police were in the front of Scott and Laci’s home. Fox News, 10 Dec. 2021 Theodore John Conrad, who worked as a teller at the bank, has been named as the man behind the heist. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 14 Nov. 2021 Conrad, who assumed the alias Thomas Randele after the heist, moved to Lynnfield, Mass., in 1970, according to the statement. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 13 Nov. 2021 The museum is also displaying historical documents related to the heist in the exhibition. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of heist


1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heist


variant of hoist entry 1

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“Heist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heist. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of heist

: an act of stealing something from a bank or store

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