\ 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 According to an arrest-warrant affidavit, Davis and three accomplices went to Paez’s apartment about half an hour before police arrived with the intention of robbing him. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Man faces capital murder charge after friend’s slaying at northeast Dallas apartment," 10 Mar. 2020 He was convicted in 2009 of robbing eight banks in nine days. Megan Cassidy,, "The Scanner: Oakland dog trainer found guilty of torturing animals, killing one," 9 Mar. 2020 Phipps and Mayfield are also accused of robbing a North Canton Burger King at gunpoint on Feb. 29, according to police. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Duo accused in Akron-area armed robberies arrested in Lake County after chase, police say," 3 Mar. 2020 The Matthews Police Department issued the Amber Alert for the baby around 10 p.m. Friday after arresting his mother Tamara Brown on a charge of robbing two people at a Walmart, according to the station. Fox News, "Body of North Carolina infant found in cemetery after Amber Alert, mom's robbery arrest," 23 Feb. 2020 He was convicted of robbing a Springfield Township Kwik-N-Kold at gunpoint in 2015. Cameron Knight,, "Police: Man held at gunpoint, choked unconscious and robbed near police station," 28 Jan. 2020 Orlando police are searching for a suspect accused of robbing two 7-Eleven stores in west Orlando over the past week, stealing about $300 each time. Tess Sheets,, "Police search for suspect in armed robberies at Orlando gas stations," 3 Dec. 2019 Rylan Wilder, 15, was shot November 19 by a Des Plaines police officer who had chased a gunman suspected of robbing a bank and wounding a Chicago police officer into the Chicago music school where Wilder was interning. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Teen musician shot accidentally by officer: "Will I ever be able to play guitar again?"," 27 Nov. 2019 Fletcher Dorsett, 51, had been convicted of robbing a bank in May 2007 and sentenced to eight years in federal prison. Tim Prudente,, "FBI searching for serial bank robber suspected of hitting M&T in downtown Baltimore," 26 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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The first known use of rob was in the 13th century

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19 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 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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