Definition of theft
1a : the act of stealing; specifically : the felonious taking and removing of personal property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of itb : an unlawful taking (as by embezzlement or burglary) of property
2 : a stolen base in baseball
3 obsolete : something stolen
Examples of theft in a Sentence
The theft of the jewelry and other valuables was immediately reported to the police.
He was found guilty of theft.
Recent Examples of theft from the Web
He previously was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, grand theft, possession of a dangerous weapon and other parole violations.
Theft •License plates were reported stolen off a car parked on the 1700 block of Dempster Street on July 7.
Critics warned that so much data, if leaked or otherwise released, could lead to identity theft.
Critics see it as an unconstitutional policy allowing for outright theft by law enforcement, which isn’t even required to have evidence of a crime before seizing assets.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Public employees in Iowa have been fired in recent months for misconduct such as theft, fraud and student mistreatment, according to records obtained under a new law that reveals those details for the first time.
Matthew Reginald Martin, 16, of Merrillville, faces charges of assisting a criminal and auto theft, according to Lake County court records.
A spokesperson for the housecleaning app Handy said that in 2016, more than 500 users submitted substantiated claims of theft to the company.
The theft was recorded on the veteran’s home surveillance camera.
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Origin and Etymology of theft
Middle English thiefthe, from Old English thīefth; akin to Old English thēof thief
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
THEFT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of theft for English Language Learners
: the act or crime of stealing
THEFT Defined for Kids
Definition of theft for Students
: the act of stealing
Legal Definition of theft
: larceny; broadly : a criminal taking of the property or services of another without consent Editor's note: Theft commonly encompasses by statute a variety of forms of stealing formerly treated as distinct crimes. grand theft : theft of property or services whose value exceeds a specified amount or of a specified kind of property (as an automobile) Editor's note: Grand theft is a felony. identity theft : the unauthorized use of another's means of identification (as name or social security number) for the purpose of commiting theft or another crime petty theft : theft of property or services whose value is below a specified amount —called also petit theft Editor's note: Petty theft is a misdemeanor but may be aggravated by prior convictions.
Origin and Etymology of theft
Old English thiefth
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