\ ˈräb How to pronounce rob (audio) \
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 (Massachusetts) Morning Union

Examples of rob in a Sentence

Someone tried to rob me. The cashier was robbed at gunpoint.
Recent Examples on the Web Biden said Trump’s proposal to provide $200 cards to Medicare beneficiaries would rob the program of precious funds. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2020 According to police, Aguilera and Martinez lured two men to the 300 block of Northeast Fifth Street in Grand Prairie to rob them. Tom Steele, Dallas News, 28 Apr. 2021 Where Biggie rapped as a mafioso who had lieutenants working for him, Black Rob talked about having a small crew of dudes that would rob folks in underground tunnels. Jayson Buford, Rolling Stone, 20 Apr. 2021 Before the shootings, Lopez’s big worry was that someone might rob his store. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2021 Events spiral out of control when a man ropes his brother into a scheme to rob their parents’ jewelry store. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 The driver might not actually rob the bank or even approve of the robbery. Steven P. Millies, The Conversation, 18 Mar. 2021 The driver might not actually rob the bank or even approve of the robbery. The Conversation, oregonlive, 18 Mar. 2021 Digging yourself out of low points starts with acknowledging and naming your stressors and any self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors that rob us of our confidence, says Dr Dominique Pritchett, therapist and CEO at Beloved Wellness Center. Barnaby Lashbrooke, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of rob was in the 13th century

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31 May 2021

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“Rob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce rob (audio) \
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

robber noun

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