robberyrob‧ber‧y /ˈrɒbəri $ ˈrɑː-/ ●●○ noun (plural robberies) [countable, uncountable] 🔊 🔊 SCCthe crime of stealing money or things from a bank, shop etc, especially using violence → theft, burglary 🔊 Police are investigating a series of bank robberies in South Wales. 🔊 He received a 10 year prison sentence for armed robbery (=robbery using a gun). 🔊 He admitted attempted robbery and was given a suspended sentence.► see thesaurus at crime → daylight robberyat daylight(5), → highway robberyat highway(3)THESAURUSrobbery the crime of stealing money or other things from a bank, shop etc, especially by using threats or violenceMobile phones are a common target in street robberies.Armed robbery is a serious offence.theft the crime of stealing something, especially when the person they are stolen from is not presentCar thefts are on the increase.Security has been tightened since the theft of a $150,000 oil painting.burglary the crime of entering a house or other building illegally and stealing thingsMost burglaries occur when a house or apartment is empty.He was charged with burglary.break-in an occasion when someone breaks a door or window in order to enter a place and steal thingsThe break-in was the eighth on our street this year.There’s been a break-in at the newsagents.mugging a violentattack on someone in the street in order to rob themThere have been a number of muggings outside downtown hotels.raid an attack on a bank, shop etc, especially one in which the thieves use weaponsThe gang carried out an armed raid on a post office. bank job informal a carefully plannedrobbery of a bankThe money from the bank job was quickly taken out of the country.larceny law the crime of stealing something from someone, without using force or threats. This word is used mainly in American English. It is now old-fashioned in British EnglishHe pleaded guilty in New York to nine counts of grand larceny (=stealing things that are worth a lot of money).They were suspected of being involved in petty larceny (=stealing things that are not worth a lot of money).