shoplift

verb
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

Examples of shoplift in a Sentence

The manager saw the kids shoplift and called the police. The kids shoplifted candy from the store.
Recent Examples on the Web The enhancement stems from a precedent set in the 1980s during the case of Curtis Estes, who attempted to shoplift clothing from a store in Vallejo. Christian Martinezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Erica Borges, 34, of the 6400 block of North Seeley Avenue, Chicago, on March 7 was charged with retail theft after attempting to shoplift from Footlocker, 4184 N. Harlem Ave. chicagotribune.com, 18 Mar. 2022 There were other attention-getting stunts, like having another member go on Bill Maher’s show and suggest that members of the working class should feel free to just shoplift Chumbawamba’s new CD. Chris Willman, Variety, 14 Mar. 2022 They’ll be given unlimited makeup from Shoppers Drug Mart, which is cute and on theme because that’s where teens shoplift makeup from. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 10 Dec. 2021 Myron Edwards, 29, of the 1000 block of Parkside Avenue, Chicago, received a local ordinance citation for retail theft on Jan. 2 after attempting to shoplift kitty litter, litter bags, lotion, soap and energy drinks at Walgreens, 7200 North Ave. chicagotribune.com, 25 Jan. 2022 Upon investigation, it was determined that the employee had suspected the woman was going to shoplift and detained her. cleveland, 3 Feb. 2022 Anita Keathley, 53, of the 00 block of East Lakewood Terrace, Northlake, on Dec. 19 was issued a local ordinance citation for retail theft after attempting to shoplift merchandise from Aldi, 50 W. North Ave. chicagotribune.com, 28 Dec. 2021 The shopping experience, however, goes awry when Petra decides to shoplift expensive items. Sheena Scott, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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3 Apr 2022

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“Shoplift.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shoplift. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for shoplift

shoplift

verb
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

shoplift

intransitive verb
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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