\ 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 (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

Then the male in the back seat stuck a handgun into her rib cage and told her she was being robbed, the complaint said. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two teens charged in connection with May 27 armed robbery outside a Wauwatosa Qdoba," 5 June 2019 Cassidy Bullock Cassidy Bullock was a cashier at a convenience store, but also the guy, who along with his gang, tried to rob Veronica's lake house. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Every "Riverdale" Character That's Been Killed Off," 10 May 2019 The deterrent effect comes not from the risk of apprehension by U.S. border agents but from the risk of dying in the desert or being robbed, exploited or murdered by trafficker gangs. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Politicians Never Lied Before Trump," 11 Jan. 2019 During an earlier news conference, Fitzgerald said Hull was part of a team of undercover and uniformed officers that was trailing the suspects and rushed into the bar when officers discovered it was being robbed. David Warren, Fox News, "Authorities say Texas officer shot during bar robbery dies," 15 Sep. 2018 Investigators believe an unknown suspect tried to rob a store in the same block. Lauren Lumpkin,, "2 killed, 2 injured in overnight shootings in Baltimore," 8 July 2018 Webb, who possibly tried to rob the shop, was shot and killed at the scene, according to police. Nichole Manna And Mitch Mitchell, star-telegram, "2 dead in possible pawn shop robbery, Fort Worth police say," 6 July 2018 Police said in one case, a victim resisted; in another case, police said a victim was assaulted before being robbed. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Teen charged with a spree of armed holdups in the District," 29 June 2018 The teller did not comply with the robber's demands but instead triggered the alarm system and told another teller they were being robbed, at which point that teller also triggered the alarm system, the complaint states. Laura Mcknight,, "Marrero man accused of stealing $122K from credit union," 10 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 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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