rob

verb \ ˈräb \

Definition of rob

robbed; robbing
transitive verb
1 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
2 a :to deprive of something due, expected, or desired
b :to withhold unjustly or injuriously
intransitive verb
:to commit robbery

robber

noun

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

  1. Someone tried to rob me.

  2. The cashier was robbed at gunpoint.

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Origin and Etymology of rob

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



ROB Defined for English Language Learners

rob

verb

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

rob

verb \ ˈräb \

Definition of rob for Students

robbed; robbing
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.

robber

noun


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