rob·​bery | \ ˈrä-b(ə-)rē How to pronounce robbery (audio) \
plural robberies

Definition of robbery

: the act or practice of robbing specifically : larceny from the person or presence of another by violence or threat

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Examples of robbery in a Sentence

a series of armed robberies They foiled a bank robbery. He is charged with attempted robbery. She was arrested for robbery.
Recent Examples on the Web The alleged robbery of a local teen at gunpoint outside his residence early Thursday has led to six arrests, including two juveniles, according to a Hot Springs police report. Arkansas Online, 1 Oct. 2022 Vancouver police ask anyone who might have information about the robbery to call its Major Crimes Unit at 360-487-7440. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 30 Sep. 2022 Police eventually determined that Ashcraft and his wife planned the robbery together. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, 29 Sep. 2022 The robbery happened in July as Bishop Lamor Whitehead was delivering a morning sermon at the Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries church in Canarsie. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 28 Sep. 2022 All suspects were booked and await charges stemming from the robbery at Luxury Jewels of Beverly Hills. Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2022 Police say the robbery occurred at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday at a Church’s Texas Chicken on the corner of South Main Street and Gregory Avenue. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 12 Sep. 2022 The armed robbery is under investigation, Lynch said in his statement, sent just after 1 a.m. Saturday morning. The Courier-Journal, 3 Sep. 2022 The same car was caught on camera circling the street several times while the robbery took place. Andrea Vacchiano, Fox News, 1 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of robbery

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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3 Oct 2022

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“Robbery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for robbery


rob·​bery | \ ˈrä-bə-rē How to pronounce robbery (audio) , ˈräb-rē \
plural robberies

Kids Definition of robbery

: the act or practice of taking something unlawfully


plural robberies

Legal Definition of robbery

: the unlawful taking away of personal property from a person by violence or by threat of violence that causes fear : larceny from the person or immediate presence of another by violence or threat of violence and with intent to steal
aggravated robbery
: robbery committed with aggravating factors (as use of a weapon, infliction of bodily injury, or use of an accomplice)
armed robbery
: robbery committed by a person armed with a dangerous or deadly weapon
simple robbery
: robbery that does not involve any aggravating factors

History and Etymology for robbery

Anglo-French robberie roberie, from Old French, from rober to take something away from a person by force

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