\ ˈräb How to pronounce rob (audio) \
robbed; robbing

Definition of rob

transitive verb

1a(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
2a : to deprive of something due, expected, or desired
b : to withhold unjustly or injuriously

intransitive verb

: to commit robbery

Other Words from rob

robber noun

Can rob mean 'to steal'?: Usage Guide

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 (Massachusetts) Morning Union

Examples of rob in a Sentence

Someone tried to rob me. The cashier was robbed at gunpoint.
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, detoxing this way may rob your organs of vital nutrients. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 1 Jan. 2022 Police say the store owner was shot in the face after exchanging gunfire with the suspect, who was trying to rob the store. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2021 Troopers said the three men assaulted at least three victims in separate events while trying to rob them. Greg Kim, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Nov. 2021 Did anyone catch the Wall Street Journal article about CVS’ efforts to catch thieves who rob their store and then sell the goods on Amazon? Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 As police looked for the suspect, a Cleveland man, 55, approached officers and told them that the suspect brandished a gun in an attempt to rob him of his car. cleveland, 2 Sep. 2021 Matt Bevin presented a witness Monday who supported their claim that another man besides Patrick Baker killed drug dealer Donald Mills during an attempt to rob him of drugs and cash. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 23 Aug. 2021 After allowing a leadoff double to Kyle Schwarber and needing a diving catch by center fielder Chas McCormick to rob Kiké Hernandez, Garcia walked Rafael Devers after having him down in the count 0-2. Matt Young, Chron, 16 Oct. 2021 Riku, 24, who lives in poor neighbourhood, infiltrates a group of young rich elite in order to take revenge and rob them. Annika Pham, Variety, 9 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of rob

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for rob

Middle English robben, from Anglo-French rober, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German roubōn to rob — more at reave

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“Rob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of rob

: 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


\ ˈräb How to pronounce rob (audio) \
robbed; robbing

Kids Definition of rob

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.

Other Words from rob

robber noun

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