\ ˈräb \
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

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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 (Mass.) Morning Union

Examples of rob in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Police said that shortly before 1:30 a.m., the two youths robbed four victims in the 3000 block and 3100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE They each were charged with three counts of robbery, police said. Michael Brice-saddler, Washington Post, "D.C. police make several arrests in unrelated robberies throughout the District," 8 July 2018 At least three men robbed and assaulted the driver of a security company van in the Gulfgate area Friday, police said. Alex Park, Houston Chronicle, "Security van driver robbed, attacked in Gulfgate area," 6 July 2018 Police say Hovan robbed a 62-year-old woman at gunpoint on Wednesday along the 6000 block of Kendall Drive in South Miami. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "He pistol-whipped a 62-year-old, cops say, then was jailed on rape and kidnapping charges," 5 July 2018 Prosecutors said Moulder robbed the victim of his wallet, money, cellphone and a vehicle. Steve Burns, ajc, "Cobb cold-case killer gets two life terms," 29 June 2018 The note said the man was robbing the store and commanded the teller to give him all of his money and no die packs, the sheriff's office said in a social media post. Avery Jennings,, "Officials searching for NKY bank robber, getaway driver," 24 June 2018 Investigators allege the man robbed a Fifth Third Bank at 8549 N. College Avenue just before 12:30 p.m. Monday, according to an FBI news release. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "FBI asks for public's help in identifying suspect in 5 area bank robberies," 18 June 2018 In one robbery, the suspects robbed a juvenile who was on the way to school, police said. Deanese Williams-harris,, "Cops warn of robbery suspects who choke, beat victims on North Side," 9 June 2018 Hours later, police say, Domingo and three masked men robbed a pair of Camas residents at gunpoint in their home, prompting a separate investigation in Washington state. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh,, "Girl, 15, shoots would-be Beaverton sugar daddy, authorities say," 17 May 2018

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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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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 \
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.

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