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Princeton's WordNet

  1. larceny, theft, thievery, thieving, stealingnoun

    the act of taking something from someone unlawfully

    "the thieving is awful at Kennedy International"

Wiktionary

  1. theftnoun

    The act of stealing property.

  2. Etymology: þyft, þeoft, earlier þiefþ, þeofþ, from þiubiþō, from þeubaz. Cognate with Old Norse þeoft, þeofð and (obsolete) Dutch diefte. Compare thief, -th.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Theftnoun

    Etymology: from theif.

    Theft is an unlawful felonious taking away of another man’s goods against the owner’s knowledge or will. John Cowell.

    His thefts were too open, his filching was like an unskilful singer, he kept not time. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Their nurse Euriphile,
    Whom for the theft I wedded, stole these children. William Shakespeare.

    If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, whether ox, ass, or sheep, he shall restore double. Exod. xxii. 4.

Wikipedia

  1. Theft

    Theft is the act of taking another person's property or services without that person's permission or consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it. The word theft is also used as a synonym or informal shorthand term for some crimes against property, such as larceny, robbery, embezzlement, extortion, blackmail, or receiving stolen property. In some jurisdictions, theft is considered to be synonymous with larceny, while in others, theft is defined more narrowly. Someone who carries out an act of theft may be described as a "thief" (PL: thieves).Theft is the name of a statutory offence in California, Canada, England and Wales, Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and the Australian states of South Australia and Victoria.

ChatGPT

  1. theft

    Theft is the act of taking another person's property without their consent and with the intent to permanently deprive them of it. This action is illegal and punishable by law. It can include various methods such as directly stealing items, deceiving someone into handing over possessions, or unlawfully intercepting and using personal information.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Theftnoun

    the act of stealing; specifically, the felonious taking and removing of personal property, with an intent to deprive the rightful owner of the same; larceny

  2. Theftnoun

    the thing stolen

Wikidata

  1. Theft

    In common usage, theft is the taking of another person's property without that person's permission or consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it. The word is also used as an informal shorthand term for some crimes against property, such as burglary, embezzlement, larceny, looting, robbery, shoplifting, library theft and fraud. In some jurisdictions, theft is considered to be synonymous with larceny; in others, theft has replaced larceny. Someone who carries out an act of or makes a career of theft is known as a thief. The act of theft is known by terms such as stealing, thieving, wicksing, and filching. Theft is the name of a statutory offence in California, Canada, England and Wales, Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Victoria.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Theft

    theft, n. act of thieving.—adj. Theft′ūous, thievish.—adv. Theft′ūously. [A.S. theófth, thýfththeóf, thief.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Theft

    Unlawful act of taking property.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'theft' in Nouns Frequency: #1857

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of theft in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of theft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of theft in a Sentence

  1. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani:

    The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran officially complained about America to the International Court of Justice for the confiscation and theft of two billion dollars of the property of the central bank, and demanded the condemnation of Washington's anti-Iranian action and compensation for damages.

  2. Naledi Pandor:

    There is a targeting of Africans from other parts of Africa, we can't deny that, but, there is also criminality ... because a lot of this is accompanied by theft.

  3. Richard Marshall:

    Social Security numbers can be sold to people who are here illegally, identity theft is a major issue.

  4. Socrates Villegas:

    No one pulls off a criminal stunt like this alone, so it is that the dramatis personae in this sad story of loot and theft are many, including cyber-criminals, colluding bank executives, probably even government officials and public servants.

  5. French Interior Minister Gérard Darmanin:

    While intervening in a vehicle theft in Cherbourg, two police officers were injured.

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