\ ˈthēv How to pronounce thieve (audio) \
thieved; thieving

Definition of thieve

: steal, rob

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Examples of thieve in a Sentence

someone's been thieving my cookies!
Recent Examples on the Web Eventually, Ivy begins to thieve from box stores on her own – coveting items her family won't provide for her such as tampons, disposable razors, Valentine's Day cards, lip gloss and even a diary. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2020 Taught young by her grandmother to thieve and pilfer, Ivy’s punishment when caught by her mother is to be sent back to China. Bethanne Patrick, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2020 For years, the party denigrated the south as a thieving leech on the resources of the more prosperous north. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2020 Last year, a farmer in Thirthahalli in the state of Karnataka resorted to painting his pet dog with tiger stripes to protect his coffee crop from thieving monkeys. Fox News, 30 Jan. 2020 His slickly produced videos speak to Russians’ anger about inequality and hypocritical, thieving officialdom. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, 3 Dec. 2019 The local partners eventually rebelled, denouncing the Zetas as thieving outsiders while also adopting their predatory tactics. Arkansas Online, 1 Dec. 2019 Fleck is bullied by thieving poor kids and drunken rich guys, goaded to the point of murder by the meanness of the world. New York Times, 3 Oct. 2019 This later-season standout stars Cleese as a bumbling, flower-thieving highwayman who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Devan Coggan,, 4 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of thieve

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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\ ˈthēv How to pronounce thieve (audio) \
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