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verb \ˈräb\

: to take money or property from (a person or a place) illegally and sometimes by using force, violence, or threats

: to keep (someone) from getting something expected or wanted


Full Definition of ROB

transitive verb
a (1) :  to take something away from by force :  steal from (2) :  to take personal property from by violence or threat
b (1) :  to remove valuables without right from (a place)
(2) :  to take the contents of (a receptacle)
c :  to take away as loot :  steal <rob jewelry>
a :  to deprive of something due, expected, or desired
b :  to withhold unjustly or injuriously
intransitive verb
:  to commit robbery
rob·ber noun

Usage Discussion of ROB

Sense vt 1c, in which the direct object is the thing stolen, is sometimes considered to be wrong, or perhaps archaic. The sense has been in use since the 13th century and is found in earlier literature <contrive to rob the honey and subvert the hive — John Dryden>. It is still in use though not as common as other senses <then robbed $100 after the clerk fled — Springfield (Massachusetts) Morning Union>.

Examples of ROB

  1. Someone tried to rob me.
  2. The cashier was robbed at gunpoint.

Origin of ROB

Middle English robben, from Anglo-French rober, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German roubōn to rob — more at reave
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with ROB

ROB Defined for Kids


verb \ˈräb\

Definition of ROB for Kids

:  to unlawfully take something away from a person or place in secrecy or by force, threat, or trickery
:  to keep from getting something due, expected, or desired <The noisy party robbed her of sleep.>
rob·ber noun


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