theft

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noun \ˈtheft\

Definition of theft

  1. 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. 2 :  a stolen base in baseball

  3. 3 obsolete :  something stolen

Examples of theft in a Sentence

  1. The theft of the jewelry and other valuables was immediately reported to the police.

  2. He was found guilty of theft.

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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 century



THEFT Defined for English Language Learners

theft

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Definition of theft for English Language Learners

  • : the act or crime of stealing


THEFT Defined for Kids

theft

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noun \ˈtheft\

Definition of theft for Students

  1. :  the act of stealing


Law Dictionary

theft

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Legal Definition of theft

  1. :  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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