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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Police say Ussery shoplifted more than $350 worth of merchandise from a Lake Wales Walmart early in the morning on September 29. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida woman pepper-sprays, thrusts knife at Walmart employees, police say," 11 Oct. 2019 Police were called just after 8 p.m. to the Lunds & Byerlys grocery store at 115 E. 10th St. in downtown St. Paul, after store employees saw the woman shoplifting. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "Officer stabbed with screwdriver after confronting shoplifter at downtown St. Paul grocery store, police say," 7 Oct. 2019 Hundreds of dollars worth of men’s clothing, which the pair allegedly shoplifted around 9:20 a.m. from Kohl’s department store in Saugus, was found inside the van, State Police said. BostonGlobe.com, "2 arrested after allegedly stealing, crashing wheelchair transportation van from Melrose hospital - The Boston Globe," 20 Sep. 2019 Police say the two shoplifted from a Walmart in Tempe shortly before stealing the pick-up truck. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Police identify suspects in Tempe carjacking that led to 5-vehicle crash in Scottsdale," 19 Aug. 2019 Today, teenagers steal cars in greater Cleveland the way prior generations of teens shoplifted candy from convenience stores. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "Be careful who you steal a car from in Greater Cleveland: Phillip Morris," 14 Mar. 2018 Several hours later, a 50-year-old woman was arrested for shoplifting at the same address, police said. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Copper reported stolen from Pearland construction sites," 22 Aug. 2019 In June 1999, Cleaves was with Smith again when they were arrested for shoplifting a 40-ounce beer from a convenience store. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "How a Flint court battle became Mateen Cleaves' most divisive victory," 21 Aug. 2019 Judge Richard Sinnott ordered Efrain Rivera held for 90 days after he was arrested for shoplifting at The Gap in Copley Place even though prosecutors wanted to set him free on bail. Shelley Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "Stopping injustice or putting the public at risk? Suffolk DA Rachael Rollins’s tactics spur pushback," 6 July 2019

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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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21 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for shoplift

The first known use of shoplift was in 1756

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More Definitions for shoplift

shoplift

verb
How to pronounce shoplift (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shoplift

: to steal things from a shop or store

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
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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