verb \ˈstēl\

: to take (something that does not belong to you) in a way that is wrong or illegal

: to take (something that you are not supposed to have) without asking for permission

: to wrongly take and use (another person's idea, words, etc.)

stole \ˈstōl\ sto·len \ˈstō-lən\ steal·ing

Full Definition of STEAL

intransitive verb
:  to take the property of another wrongfully and especially as a habitual or regular practice
:  to come or go secretly, unobtrusively, gradually, or unexpectedly
:  to steal or attempt to steal a base
transitive verb
a :  to take or appropriate without right or leave and with intent to keep or make use of wrongfully <stole a car>
b :  to take away by force or unjust means <they've stolen our liberty>
c :  to take surreptitiously or without permission <steal a kiss>
d :  to appropriate to oneself or beyond one's proper share :  make oneself the focus of <steal the show>
a :  to move, convey, or introduce secretly :  smuggle
b :  to accomplish in a concealed or unobserved manner <steal a visit>
a :  to seize, gain, or win by trickery, skill, or daring <a basketball player adept at stealing the ball> <stole the election>
b of a base runner :  to reach (a base) safely solely by running and usually catching the opposing team off guard
steal·able \ˈstē-lə-bəl\ adjective
steal·er noun
steal a march on
:  to gain an advantage on unobserved
steal one's thunder
:  to grab attention from another especially by anticipating an idea, plan, or presentation; also :  to claim credit for another's idea

Examples of STEAL

  1. They stole thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry from the store.
  2. He discovered that his car had been stolen.
  3. The store manager accused the boy of stealing.
  4. I stole a cookie from the cookie jar.
  5. They stole our best pitcher away from our team.
  6. His outstanding performance stole the show.

Origin of STEAL

Middle English stelen, from Old English stelan; akin to Old High German stelan to steal
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to STEAL

appropriate, boost [slang], filch, heist, hook, lift, misappropriate, nick [British slang], nip, pilfer, pinch, pocket, purloin, rip off, snitch, swipe, thieve, make away with, make off with, run off with, walk off with

Synonym Discussion of STEAL

steal, pilfer, filch, purloin mean to take from another without right or without detection. steal may apply to any surreptitious taking of something and differs from the other terms by commonly applying to intangibles as well as material things <steal jewels> <stole a look at the gifts>. pilfer implies stealing repeatedly in small amounts <pilfered from his employer>. filch adds a suggestion of snatching quickly and surreptitiously <filched an apple from the tray>. purloin stresses removing or carrying off for one's own use or purposes <printed a purloined document>.



: something that is being sold at a low price

baseball : the act of stealing a base

sports : the act of taking the ball, puck, etc., from another player

Full Definition of STEAL

:  the act or an instance of stealing
:  a fraudulent or questionable political deal
:  bargain 2 <it's a steal at that price>

Examples of STEAL

  1. This car is a steal at only $5,000.
  2. He has 40 steals this season.
  3. a nifty steal by the defender

First Known Use of STEAL

circa 1825


noun \ˈstēl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of STEAL

:  abnormal circulation characterized by deviation (as through collateral vessels or by backward flow) of blood to tissues where the normal flow of blood has been cut off by occlusion of an artery <subclavian steal> <coronary steal>


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