theftnoun [ C or U ]uk /θeft/ us /θeft/
Shoplifting is theft.
- She was found guilty of theft, but because of extenuating circumstances was not sent to prison.
- There's been an increase in minor offences, such as traffic violations and petty theft.
- Unfortunately, the police have dealt with the problem of car theft in a reactive rather than a proactive way.
- He was remanded on theft charges.
- We rang the insurance company to report the theft.