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.
Origin and Etymology of rob
Middle English robben, from Anglo-French rober, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German roubōn to rob — more at reave
First Known Use: 13th century
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.>
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up rob? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).