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
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.
Police said Lewis and another man and woman came to the victim's residence armed with handguns and a rifle and attempted to rob him.
Two men knifed and robbed a man who had stopped at Morley Field in Balboa Park to relieve himself early Tuesday.
That means that widespread job loss not only robs poorer kids of the means to get to college, but also creates a mental and emotional toll that can decrease their belief in their academic and social abilities.
The home run robbed Minnesota starter Adalberto Mejia (1-1, 4.18) of his second win of the season.
Mobile police said this past weekend, Gray robbed the Shell Station located at 1260 Government Street and the Rite Aid located at 150 South Ann Street.
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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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