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English definition of “theft”


noun [C or U]     /θeft/ LAW
the crime of illegally taking something that belongs to someone else: theft of sth They are taking legal action over the theft of copyrighted images sold by competing websites.theft from sb/sth a daring theft from the company's offices Four employees were arrested for theft of IBM memory cards. → See also identity theft, third party, fire and theft
(Definition of theft noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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