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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Police arrested a man for petty theft about 10:20 p.m. April 3 after he was accused of shoplifting soap from the Walgreens store. Bruce Geiselman,, "Lakewood police investigate car thefts: police blotter," 7 Apr. 2018 All three had extensive criminal records and a pattern of shoplifting arrests. Melanie Burney,, "NAACP calls for state probe of deadly Deptford strip mall shooting," 13 June 2018 She was also arrested for trespassing, as she had been told not to return to the store after a 2015 shoplifting incident. Tyler Langan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "North Shore police report: Brown Deer man accuses neighbor of filling locks with cement," 7 Feb. 2018 But just days before the regular season, LiAngelo and fellow UCLA players Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested for shoplifting sunglasses during the team’s trip to Hangzhou, China. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Lakers not interested in LiAngelo Ball joining Lonzo in L.A.," 30 May 2018 In 1979, he was fired from law enforcement for shoplifting a hammer and a can of dog repellant and never contested his termination apparently to avoid a deeper investigation. Fox News, "McConnell on getting Trump's nominations through, midterms," 26 Apr. 2018 Theft, Cedar Road: At 1:55 p.m. March 2, loss prevention at Giant Eagle, 25105 Cedar Road, reported that a woman who had been shoplifting was in custody. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "Woman on cell phone doesn't move when light turns green; is arrested on two warrants: Lyndhurst Police Blotter," 10 July 2017 The wealthy and better-educated are more likely to shoplift. William Wan, The Seattle Times, "Are rich people more likely to lie, cheat, steal? Science explains the world of Manafort and Gates.," 13 Aug. 2018 Their crimes — shoplifting, playing hooky, smoking pot — may be quotidian, but their sense of alienation is not. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "A Fiery Tale of Teenage Despair, as Fresh as When It Debuted in 1994," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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