Meaning of “theft” in the English Dictionary

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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 building recently.
Shoplifting is theft.
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  • 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.

(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 /θeft/ us 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.

(Definition of “theft” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)