Definition of theft in US English:



  • The action or crime of stealing.

    ‘he was convicted of theft’
    ‘the latest theft happened at a garage’
    • ‘Police say most of the crimes have involved thefts of push bikes or from cars.’
    • ‘Police are again urging householders to secure their property after a theft from a house in Hill Lane.’
    • ‘Most mobiles stolen here disappear as a result of thefts from bags or car seats rather than muggings.’
    • ‘Other crimes such as burglaries and thefts from cars had decreased, he added.’
    • ‘This is necessary where two or more persons participate in the original theft.’
    • ‘These offenders have recently been found guilty of a number of burglaries and car thefts.’
    • ‘In the last part of your article you liken the act of music piracy to the theft of physical property.’
    • ‘They included four commercial burglaries, two car thefts and two other thefts.’
    • ‘Police are calling for motorists to be extra vigilant following a spate of car thefts and break-ins.’
    • ‘Along with stamping out burglaries and thefts, a heavy emphasis is put on personal safety.’
    • ‘Scene of crime officers were alerted to the string of thefts when the crimes came to light on Monday.’
    • ‘Staff said they believed that some of the thefts from the museum were an inside job.’
    • ‘The security laws ban treason, sedition, subversion and the theft of state secrets.’
    • ‘The crimes are the latest in a series of thefts to have taken place around the area.’
    • ‘Thus far there have been no charges in relation to the break-ins or thefts this year.’
    • ‘Residents have called police to report drug activity, prostitution, thefts and assaults.’
    • ‘The drastic move follows a series of thefts and muggings at the church.’
    • ‘Police in Laindon are urging the public to be vigilant after a string of thefts from people using a cash machine in the town.’
    • ‘Police are appealing for information following the theft of a large sum of money from a property in Firth.’
    • ‘But despite the recent spate of thefts, there has been some good news on crime levels.’
    • ‘There were three thefts, three acts of criminal damage and an attempted burglary last month alone.’
    robbery, stealing, thieving, larceny, thievery, robbing, pilfering, pilferage, purloining
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Old English thīefth, thēofth, of Germanic origin; related to thief.