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thieve

[theev] /θiv/
verb (used with object), thieved, thieving.
1.
to take by theft; steal.
verb (used without object), thieved, thieving.
2.
to act as a thief; commit theft; steal.
Origin of thieve
950
before 950; Old English thēofian, derivative of theōf thief (not recorded in ME)
Related forms
thievingly, adverb
outthieve, verb (used with object), outthieved, outthieving.
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  • There will be fences about the fields, and no Indians to thieve and kill.

  • Let them know,' she said grandly, 'what awaits those who skulk and those who thieve.

    For Faith and Freedom Walter Besant
  • The leaders will thieve and collaborate with organized crime.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • They break into the wells as rats do into granaries, and thieve the water.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • Only they shall not starve, they shall not thieve, they shall not be sweated.

  • At the Bagne, you were in a good school for learning how to thieve?

  • Most of them thieve when they have an opportunity, and this you will have to guard against.

    The Second String Nat Gould
  • I tell you again, I shrank from the horror of hearing you lie, after the horror of seeing you thieve.

    The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
  • I never did such a thing as thieve, Sir, if you'll believe me.

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
  • But what of a man who will take a gift with one hand and thieve with the other?

British Dictionary definitions for thieve

thieve

/θiːv/
verb
1.
to steal (someone's possessions)
Derived Forms
thievery, noun
Word Origin
Old English thēofian, from thēofthief
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Word Origin and History for thieve
v.

Old English þeofian, from þeof (see thief). Rare in Old English, not common until 17c. Thieving first attested 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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