• (noun): The act or an instance of stealing; larceny.
  • (noun): Obsolete Something stolen.

Translate definitions to

Wordnet definitions

  • (noun): the act of taking something from someone unlawfully; "the thieving is awful at Kennedy International"

Look up "theft" to find its meanings and associations with other words and concepts


In common usage, theft is the taking of another person's property or services without that person's permission or consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it. The word is also used as an informal shorthand term for some crimes against property, such as burglary, embezzlement, larceny, looting, robbery, shoplifting, library theft, and fraud (that is, obtaining money under false pretenses). In some jurisdictions, theft is considered to be synonymous with larceny; in others, theft has replaced larceny. Someone who carries out an act of or makes a career of theft is known as a thief. The act of theft is also known by other terms such as stealing, thieving, and filching.Theft is the name of a statutory offence in California, Canada, England and Wales, Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and the Australian states of South Australia, and Victoria.

Example Sentences

  • You are misusing the term theft, as the rightful owner of internet pipes are the owners of internet pipes, not you or me.

  • Let's start with infringement / theft - your issue with the term theft is that the original isn't stolen, only a copy.

  • The label theft of land appears quite satisfactory.

  • Worrying yes - but this kind of high level corporate data theft is also exciting in a Neuromancer type way.

  • This theft is the engine that begins the boom and bust cycle.

Related Words

Link to this page


Suggested products