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thief

noun [C] uk   /θiːf/ ( plural thieves) us  
B1 a person who steals: A post office was broken into last night, and the thieves got away with £120,000.
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in Korean 도둑…
in Arabic لِصّ…
in French voleur/-euse…
in Turkish hırsız…
in Italian ladro, -a…
in Chinese (Traditional) 小偷,賊…
in Russian вор…
in Polish złodziej/ka…
in Spanish ladrón…
in Portuguese ladrão, ladra…
in German der/die Dieb(in)…
in Catalan lladre…
in Japanese どろぼう, 窃盗犯…
in Chinese (Simplified) 小偷,贼…
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