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
As a September call-up for the Brewers, Cruz hit a rocket to right-center at Minute Maid Park, but Charles Gipson, who was inserted into the game for defensive purposes, robbed him of a homer.
Two innings later, Jarvis helped preserve that lead with a pair of web gems to rob Kevin Strohschein and Ryan Flick of base hits.
Deputy prosecutors Michael Toth and Kathleen Kurowski presented evidence that Taylor and co-defendant Oshae Hampton, 23, planned to rob Cooper of the marijuana and set up a meeting in the 1100 block of Dekalb Street in Gary.
But shortstop Ben Ramirez made a nice play on a ball up the middle to rob Jordan Bolt of a hit and save a run.
A 23-year-old man has been charged with robbing a couple in their 80s during a home invasion in the Cragin neighborhood over the weekend.
The man who died after being beaten, stabbed and robbed in a hotel parking lot Sunday has been identified, and Montgomery County police said two people have been charged in his death.
Two days before her husband was killed, he had been shot in the head while being robbed in Utica.
Mueller placed themselves in a situation that directly resulted in being drugged, robbed, hospitalized and the loss of U.S. government property.
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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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