shoplift

verb shop·lift \ ˈshäp-ˌlift \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of shoplift

intransitive verb
: to steal displayed goods from a store
transitive verb
: to steal (displayed goods) from a store

Examples of shoplift in a Sentence

  1. The manager saw the kids shoplift and called the police.

  2. The kids shoplifted candy from the store.

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Origin and Etymology of shoplift

back-formation from shoplifter


SHOPLIFT Defined for English Language Learners

shoplift

verb

Definition of shoplift for English Language Learners

  • : to steal things from a shop or store


SHOPLIFT Defined for Kids

shoplift

verb shop·lift \ ˈshäp-ˌlift \

Definition of shoplift for Students

shoplifted; shoplifting
: to steal merchandise on display in stores

shoplifter

\-ˌlif-tər\ noun

Law Dictionary

shoplift

intransitive verb shop·lift \ ˈshäp-ˌlift \

legal Definition of shoplift

: to steal displayed goods from a store
transitive verb
: to steal (displayed goods) from a store


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