\ 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

After Debbie and her crew inevitably succeed in their mission, robbing the Metropolitan Museum of several pieces of gigantic, borderline-priceless jewelry, the film offers us a glimpse at how each woman spends her share of the money. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Ocean’s 8: The Agony and Ecstasy of All That Unresolved Sexual Tension," 8 June 2018 The next day, Cannizzaro's office said Harton robbed a Shell gas station on General DeGaulle Drive in Algiers of more than $1,200. Marie Simoneaux,, "NOPD searching for parents of toddler found in Algiers," 25 May 2018 Was your favorite movie robbed at this year’s Golden Globe Awards? Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Watch the 2019 SAG Awards Online," 25 Jan. 2019 Between late August and late September, six Apple Stores in the region were robbed at least nine times, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Apple Store robberies continue in Bay Area, with 9 stores hit this month," 27 Sep. 2018 Nikolas Cruz will be robbed of his chance at a fair trial if a school district report on his educational records is released to the public, his lawyers argued Wednesday. Rafael Olmeda,, "Should public get to see school district report on Nikolas Cruz? Broward judge to decide," 11 July 2018 Everyone involved in that except Allison Janney was robbed. Trevor Fraser,, "Movie Musings: Auteurs, jungles and heroes," 8 June 2018 Ian tells Brianna the story of Bonnet robbing them and how guilty Jamie is because of it. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 9," 31 Dec. 2018 Another relative served an eight-year sentence for robbing a savings bank; the €9.8 million ($11.3 million) loot was never recovered. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "An Ice-Cream Truck Slaying, Party Drugs and Real-Estate Kings: Ethnic Clans Clash in Berlin’s Underworld," 15 Oct. 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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