\ˈthēv \
thieved; thieving

Definition of thieve 

: steal, rob

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Examples of thieve in a Sentence

someone's been thieving my cookies!

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The raven thieving groceries from the back of your truck or the call of migrating swans high overhead all serve to bring our feathered neighbors to notice. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Some words on birds and their impact on Alaska and the rest of the world," 24 June 2018 The first episode of this nature mini-series focuses on animals who will steal, cheat and fight for food, including kleptomaniac crabs, thieving macaques and cannibalistic lizards. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Archer’," 25 Apr. 2018 Syrians generally viewed thieving civil servants as an inevitable part of life. John Wendle, Scientific American, "The Ominous Story of Syria's Climate Refugees," 17 Dec. 2015 Give the nesting plovers a wide berth and keep a close eye on thieving gulls hovering to snatch your roast beef from Kelly’s., "The 20 best beaches to visit in New England," 2 May 2018 After all, Asher Potts was not just a name and Social Security number making credit card purchases or otherwise identity-thieving around. Daniel Riley, GQ, "The Great High School Impostor," 1 May 2018 All this carries a whiff of the Somozas, the brutal, thieving dictators whom the Sandinistas overthrew in 1979. The Economist, "Riots threaten Nicaragua’s autocratic president," 26 Apr. 2018 On the way, Castner and Co. are tormented by gumball-sized flesh-eating flies, deadly lightning storms, oceanic waves, ceaseless rain, prowling bears, thieving locals, Hyundai-sized rapids, and countless near-disasters. Porter Fox, Outside Online, "The Best New Books About Epic Expeditions," 19 Apr. 2018 Cain stole 26 bags a year ago, while Yelich thieved 16 of his own. Michael Beller,, "Outfield Primer: Fantasy Baseball's Deepest—and Most Exciting—Position," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of thieve

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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thick as thieves

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The first known use of thieve was before the 12th century

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\ˈthēv \
thieved; thieving

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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