verb (used with object)

to steal (merchandise) as a shoplifter.

verb (used without object)

to shoplift merchandise.

Origin of shoplift

First recorded in 1810–20; back formation from shoplifter
Related formsan·ti·shop·lift·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for shoplifting

pilfer, burglarize, pinch, heist, swipe, snatch, lift, take, pillage, embezzle, loot, defraud

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British Dictionary definitions for shoplifting



the act of stealing goods from a shop during shopping hours
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Word Origin and History for shoplifting

1690s, "stealing of goods from a shop;" see shoplifter.



also shop-lift, 1820, back-formation from shoplifting. Related: Shop-lifted.

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