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  1. the act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another; larceny.

  2. an instance of this.

  1. Archaic. something stolen.

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Origin of theft

before 900; Middle English; Old English thēfth, thēofth;see thief, -th1; cognate with Old Norse thȳfth,obsolete Dutch diefte

Other words from theft

  • an·ti·theft, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for theft


/ (θɛft) /

  1. criminal law the dishonest taking of property belonging to another person with the intention of depriving the owner permanently of its possession

  2. rare something stolen

Origin of theft

Old English thēofth; related to Old Norse thӯfth, Old Frisian thiūvethe, Middle Dutch düfte; see thief

Derived forms of theft

  • theftless, adjective

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