\ 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 Ketterman, who was driving, told police the man who jumped from the vehicle was attempting to rob them. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Suspect jumps from moving car, gets run over, still escapes," 20 May 2020 Two men entered the store and attempted to rob the restaurant at gunpoint. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "SWAT officers called to Woodlands-area home of suspect in Pizza Hut robbery after shots fired," 19 May 2020 According to the report, the men began to rob party guests, with Dunbar assisting in taking watches and other valuables. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks’ Quinton Dunbar, New York Giants’ Deandre Baker wanted for multiple armed robbery charges," 15 May 2020 Neighbors and family members on the scene said someone came into the home, possibly to rob the adult victim. Carol Robinson |, al, "Man killed, child injured in west Birmingham shooting Saturday night," 10 May 2020 Reyes brought back a go-ahead home run, climbing up the left-field wall to rob Cleveland outfielder Franmil Reyes in the top of the 14th inning, but Carlos Santana responded with an RBI single for the 5-4 win. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers may recruit like a college team with MLB draft shortened to five rounds," 9 May 2020 People seemed to think that physicians wanted to rob patients. Gregory Jasani, STAT, "Covid-19 has renewed America’s trust in its doctors. Will it fade when the pandemic is over?," 7 May 2020 Center fielder Ramon Laureano followed by going to the wall to rob Joey Votto of extra bases. Steve Kroner,, "May 7, 2019: A’s Mike Fiers throws second career no-hitter," 7 May 2020 During the trial, prosecutors claimed that Brown Long had planned to rob and murder Allen. Gina Vaynshteyn,, "Why It’s Hard To Talk About Cyntoia Brown’s Case Without Talking About Kim Kardashian West," 30 Apr. 2020

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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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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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