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"theft" in British English

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theftnoun [C or U]

uk   /θeft/  us   /θeft/
B2 (the ​act of) ​dishonestly taking something that ​belongs to someone ​else and ​keeping it: Unfortunately, we have had several thefts in the ​buildingrecently. Shoplifting is theft.
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(Definition of theft from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"theft" in American English

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theftnoun [C/U]

 us   /θeft/
the ​act of taking something that ​belongs to someone ​else and ​keeping it; ​stealing: [U] car theft
(Definition of theft from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"theft" in Business English

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theftnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /θeft/ LAW
the ​crime of ​illegally taking something that belongs to someone else: theft of sth They are taking ​legalaction over the theft of copyrighted ​imagessold by ​competingwebsites.theft from sb/sth a daring theft from the company's ​offices Four ​employees were arrested for theft of IBM ​memorycards.
(Definition of theft from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “theft”
in Korean 절도…
in Arabic سَرِقة…
in Malaysian mencuri…
in French vol…
in Russian кража…
in Chinese (Traditional) 倫敦《金融時報》…
in Italian furto…
in Turkish hırsızlık…
in Polish kradzież…
in Spanish robo, hurto…
in Vietnamese sự ăn trộm…
in Portuguese furto…
in Thai การขโมย…
in German der Diebstahl…
in Catalan robatori…
in Japanese 盗み, 窃盗…
in Chinese (Simplified) 伦敦《金融时报》…
in Indonesian pencurian…
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