Definition of thieve in English:



  • Be a thief; steal something.

    ‘they began thieving again’
    ‘get lost, you thieving swine’
    • ‘That's tantamount to thieving from your employers, that is!’
    • ‘A shoplifter went prepared for thieving with a specially adapted carrier bag designed to stop alarms going off.’
    • ‘That's when I got into crime - thieving from cars and doing burglaries.’
    • ‘And Sammy, a shopkeeper, decides to combat thieving tearaways with retaliatory violence.’
    • ‘When I ran out of money I ended up borrowing and then thieving.’
    • ‘Talking to many fishery owners over the years, it seems the biggest problem they face is fish thieving.’
    • ‘Another day, another email scam with fraudsters trying to extract sensitive information so they can thieve from people's bank accounts.’
    • ‘We aren't like the local autocrats, hypocritical and thieving to their rotten cores.’
    • ‘I spied, thieved and assassinated for the good of the kingdom.’
    • ‘We must be on our guard against their slick, thieving ways’
    • ‘I'd suggest this was when he started thieving from temples.’
    • ‘I started going out thieving and burgling - anything I could to feed my habit.’
    • ‘Left on the streets all day and scorned would you not become depressed, paranoid, turn to drink or drugs or thieve for a living?’
    • ‘With her drinking and thieving, his mother proved a lifelong source of embarrassment.’
    • ‘We want crime rates to drop and steps to be taken to convince young criminals that there is an alternative to thieving and breaking the law.’
    • ‘And the government bureaucracy is riddled with corruption, thieving, lying and wastefulness.’
    • ‘‘I've been here about five or six months, and I haven't thieved since I've been in York,’ he says.’
    • ‘This series follows a group of gang members as they fight their mortal enemies and seek out a living on the streets by selling drugs and thieving.’
    • ‘Many take sport in killing for the sake of killing, thieving for the sake of theft, even if they do not need or use the spoils.’
    • ‘If someone prospers by thieving or cheating, his prosperity is likely to turn to ashes.’
    purloin, take, take for oneself, help oneself to, loot, pilfer, abscond with, run off with, appropriate, abstract, carry off, shoplift
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Old English thēofian, from thēof ‘thief’. Transitive uses began in the late 17th century.