\ 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.

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The fact that Washington is seemingly in a state of perpetual crisis under Trump means week’s drama has been robbed of some of its potency. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Why the blame game over the government shutdown is pointless," 21 Dec. 2018 Remember, Hiram's framing Archie for the murder of Cassidy, the guy who attempted to rob Veronica's lake house, so things kick off with drama in the courtroom. 3. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Everything We Know About Riverdale Season 3," 19 July 2018 Three times since April 2016 a Kansas City man walked into his local police station and reported he had been robbed of a 9 mm handgun — or two. Joe Robertson, kansascity, "Kansas City's gun theft 'victims' are arming criminals — and getting away with it," 1 July 2018 Some Cubans also have been robbed, now that word is out that the shoppers carry cash to pay for their purchases. Doreen Hemlock, miamiherald, "Cubans are flocking to Guyana for economic reasons — but there's a twist," 28 June 2018 The man didn't appear to have been robbed, according to police. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Man fatally shot after checking on disturbance in SW Houston," 15 June 2018 Though indeed, the only thing better than a new face at the training ground is one that has been robbed from under the nose of a rival at the last minute., "8 of Football's Greatest Transfer Heists," 4 June 2018 While at the scene, officers were approached by a woman who said she had been robbed about an hour before and identified Smith and Love as the suspects, according to the prosecutor's office. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Pair who were teens during murderous crime spree are sentenced to more than 130 years," 23 May 2018 He's been robbed a couple of times and swung it well. Jeff Sanders,, "Villanueva stays hot in costly Padres win," 28 Apr. 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.

Other Words from rob

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