\ 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 For example, a person does not have the right to act violently toward another because this action robs the second individual of his right to freedom from violence. Sarah C. Hull, STAT, "Not so conscientious objection: When can doctors refuse to treat?," 8 Nov. 2019 As the climate warms, the sea ice will gradually disappear, robbing the penguins of their habitat, food, and ability to hatch chicks, the statement said., "Now, the emperor penguins may be headed toward extinction not because of the cold, but because of warming caused by climate change, according to a new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.," 8 Nov. 2019 Plato battled drug abuse for years, and was arrested in 1991 for robbing a video store at gunpoint. Steve Helling,, "Todd Bridges Remembers Diff'rent Strokes Costar Dana Plato on What Would Have Been Her 55th Birthday," 7 Nov. 2019 The suspects, about 14- to 16-years-old, robbed the boys of $10 each and ran from the scene, police said. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Two young boys robbed after football practice in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood, police say," 6 Nov. 2019 At the rally, Trump gave grave warnings of a liberal takeover that would rob Kentuckians of their right to speak freely on the internet, as well as their right to bear arms. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Trump goes on offensive against Andy Beshear, Democrats in Lexington rally at Rupp Arena," 5 Nov. 2019 Japanese star Naomi Osaka withdrew from the event with a shoulder injury before her second round-robin match against Barty, robbing organizers of another star attraction. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Ashleigh Barty and Elina Svitolina to battle for richest prize in tennis," 2 Nov. 2019 Yet, Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Schiff continue to rob the President of his due process rights. Journal Sentinel Staff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What Wisconsin's representatives in Congress said after the House vote on impeachment inquiry," 31 Oct. 2019 According to evidence presented at trial, Thompson was the driver of the suspect vehicle used to rob the Quick Stop Tobacco and Snack and the Subway on Old Greensboro Road. Carol Robinson |, al, "Getaway driver in 2 Tuscaloosa robberies convicted in federal court," 31 Oct. 2019

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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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