shoplift

verb

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

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 Providing the false identity after being arrested for shoplifting in Kentucky. The Enquirer, 19 Mar. 2024 Almost one-third (31%) of Gen Z shoppers have admitted to shoplifting from self-checkout aisles compared to 15% of shoppers overall, according to a November LendingTree survey of 2,000 U.S. consumers. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 23 Jan. 2024 Yet in its own 2022 report, the retail federation itself attributed only 37% of all shrink to shoplifting — not half. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2023 In November 2017, LiAngelo and two teammates were arrested on charges of shoplifting in China while traveling with the team. Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 18 Mar. 2024 Almost one-third (31%) of Generation Z shoppers have admitted to shoplifting from self-checkout kiosks, according to a November LendingTree survey of 2,000 U.S. consumers. Chris Morris, Fortune, 15 Mar. 2024 The chain will remove self-checkouts entirely at 300 stores that are most impacted by shoplifting, CEO Vasos said. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 15 Mar. 2024 In October 2023, the suspect and his brother, Diego Ibarra, also received misdemeanor citations for shoplifting just over $200 of clothes and food in Athens, Georgia, according to a police report. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 27 Feb. 2024 The Public Policy Institute of California said shoplifting rates across the state were lower in 2022, the latest year figures were available, than in 2019 — as more people shopped at stores before the pandemic. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 23 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

back-formation from shoplifter

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of shoplift was in 1756

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Cite this Entry

“Shoplift.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shoplift. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

shoplift

verb
shop·​lift -ˌlift How to pronounce shoplift (audio)
: to steal merchandise on display in stores

Legal Definition

shoplift

intransitive verb
shop·​lift ˈshäp-ˌlift How to pronounce shoplift (audio)
: to steal displayed goods from a store

transitive verb

: to steal (displayed goods) from a store

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