shop·​lift | \ ˈshäp-ˌlift How to pronounce shoplift (audio) \
shoplifted; shoplifting; shoplifts

Definition of shoplift

intransitive verb

: to steal displayed goods from a store

transitive verb

: to steal (displayed goods) from a store

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Examples of shoplift in a Sentence

The manager saw the kids shoplift and called the police. The kids shoplifted candy from the store.

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The other 14 robberies were shoplifting incidents where a suspect used force once confronted by store security. Carol Robinson |,, "How safe is the Riverchase Galleria? Crime numbers for Alabama’s largest indoor mall," 15 July 2019 The protests occurred after Allyson Gibson, who is white, confronted a black student who’d shoplifted a bottle of wine. Fox News, "Oberlin College to pay bakery the now-massive sum of $44M over racism dispute," 14 June 2019 Police arrested two 21-year-old Houston men for shoplifting May 24 in the 2000 block of Main Street. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland police: Students snagged with drugs, paraphernalia," 5 June 2019 June 18 • While day shift officers were picking up their morning coffee, a store employee reported that a suspicious man appeared to be shoplifting from the location., "Poison ivy itch can be dangerous behind the wheel: Forest Grove Police Log," 24 June 2019 In November 2016, a clerk in Gibson’s Bakery, having seen a black Oberlin student shoplifting bottles of wine, pursued the thief. George Will, National Review, "Oberlin Has Graduated from Self-Caricature to Disgrace," 20 June 2019 The video released Friday appears to show Phoenix police officers, responding to a report of shoplifting, pointing guns and yelling profane commands at Dravon Ames and his pregnant fiance Iesha Harper, who was holding their one-year-old child. CBS News, "Video of cops pointing guns at Phoenix family "saved us from all getting killed," father says," 17 June 2019 But instead of helping each other break their bad habits, the girls decide to team up and shoplift together. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Get To Know the Cast of "Trinkets" And Their Characters," 17 June 2019 The employee told the officer that Davis had shoplifted, putting merchandise in his pants before walking out of the store without paying, police said. Kevin Rector,, "'I need to know what happened to my son,' says mother of man who died in a Baltimore jail," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of shoplift

1756, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for shoplift

back-formation from shoplifter

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English Language Learners Definition of shoplift

: to steal things from a shop or store


shop·​lift | \ ˈshäp-ˌlift How to pronounce shoplift (audio) \
shoplifted; shoplifting

Kids Definition of shoplift

: to steal merchandise on display in stores

Other Words from shoplift

shoplifter \ -​ˌlif-​tər \ noun
shop·​lift | \ ˈshäp-ˌlift How to pronounce shoplift (audio) \

Legal Definition of shoplift

: to steal displayed goods from a store

transitive verb

: to steal (displayed goods) from a store

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