Definition of rob
1a (1) : to take something away from by force : steal from (2) : to take personal property from by violence or threatb (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
2a : to deprive of something due, expected, or desiredb : to withhold unjustly or injuriously
: to commit robbery
Can rob mean ‘to steal’?
Transitive sense 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 (Mass.) Morning Union
Examples of rob in a Sentence
Someone tried to rob me.
The cashier was robbed at gunpoint.
Recent Examples of rob from the Web
In a few notable cases, such as that of small-business owner Lyndon McLellan from North Carolina and college student Charles Clarke, citizens have been robbed of hundreds of thousands of dollars without so much as being charged with a crime.
Authorities are looking for a man who robbed two banks in El Cajon and La Mesa this week.
Two days later, at 12:47 p.m. the suspect came back to the same Pizza Hut in the 3800 block of South Seventh Street Road and robbed the business again.
One by one, the Starks fell — a pregnant Talisa was stabbed in the belly; a stunned Robb shot by crossbows, then stabbed in the heart; and an anguished Catelyn robbed of her eldest son.
A 20-year-old man from Mobile was arrested for allegedly robbing a Starbucks employee at gunpoint for the money inside the tip jar on the counter.
Skip Pepe was taking his daily walk in Cravens Park on May 25 when he was attacked and robbed.
Madison allegedly robbed the Bank of America branch on West Bel Air Avenue in Aberdeen around 11:32 a.m. last Friday, according to police.
Aberdeen Police are asking for the public's help identifying the man who robbed the Bank of America branch on West Bel Air Avenue in Aberdeen Friday morning.
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ROB Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rob for English Language Learners
: 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
ROB Defined for Kids
Definition of rob for Students
1 : to unlawfully take something away from a person or place in secrecy or by force, threat, or trickery
2 : to keep from getting something due, expected, or desired The noisy party robbed her of sleep.
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