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 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 Favors also had seven felony convictions for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine and theft by shoplifting. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Felon convicted of killing best friend in botched drug deal in Atlanta," 29 May 2018 In June 2013, Egeland also pleaded guilty to theft for shoplifting from Fred Meyer. Maxine Bernstein,, "Former Desert Sun VP sentenced for ordering his son to shoot him in legs to delay prison," 28 Feb. 2018 Police cited and released a Houston woman, 21, for shoplifting lingerie Feb. 15 in the 11200 block of Broadway Street. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland police investigate school threats," 23 Feb. 2018 In addition to those incidents, a 49-year-old Waukesha man was arrested for shoplifting Dec. 13. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Driver gets six citations in traffic stop on I-794," 10 Jan. 2018 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

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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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