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steal

play
verb \ ˈstēl \

Definition of steal

stole play \ˈstōl\; stolen play \ˈstō-lən\; stealing
intransitive verb
1 :to take the property of another wrongfully and especially as a habitual or regular practice
2 :to come or go secretly, unobtrusively, gradually, or unexpectedly
3 :to steal or attempt to steal a base
transitive verb
1 a :to take or appropriate without right or leave and with intent to keep or make use of wrongfully
  • stole a car
b :to take away by force or unjust means
  • they've stolen our liberty
c :to take surreptitiously or without permission
  • steal a kiss
d :to appropriate to oneself or beyond one's proper share :make oneself the focus of
  • steal the show
2 a :to move, convey, or introduce secretly :smuggle
b :to accomplish in a concealed or unobserved manner
  • steal a visit
3 a :to seize, gain, or win by trickery, skill, or daring
  • a basketball player adept at stealing the ball
  • stole the election
b of a base runner :to reach (a base) safely solely by running and usually catching the opposing team off guard

stealable

play \ˈstē-lə-bəl\ adjective

stealer

noun
steal a march on
:to gain an advantage on unobserved
steal one's thunder
:to grab attention from another especially by anticipating an idea, plan, or presentation; also :to claim credit for another's idea

Examples of steal in a Sentence

  1. They stole thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry from the store.

  2. He discovered that his car had been stolen.

  3. The store manager accused the boy of stealing.

  4. I stole a cookie from the cookie jar.

  5. They stole our best pitcher away from our team.

  6. His outstanding performance stole the show.

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Origin and Etymology of steal

Middle English stelen, from Old English stelan; akin to Old High German stelan to steal

steal Synonyms

Synonyms
appropriate, boost [slang], filch, heist, hook, lift, misappropriate, nick [British slang], nip, pilfer, pinch, pocket, purloin, rip off, snitch, swipe, thieve, make away with, make off with, run off with, walk off with
Related Words
burglarize, knock over, rob; loot, pillage, plunder, sack; carjack, hijack (also highjack); pick, rifle; poach, rustle, shoplift; collar, grab, grasp, nail, seize, snatch, take; mooch, sponge; abduct, kidnap, shanghai, spirit
Near Antonyms
buy, purchase; bestow, contribute, donate, give, hand over, present

Synonym Discussion of steal

steal, pilfer, filch, purloin mean to take from another without right or without detection. steal may apply to any surreptitious taking of something and differs from the other terms by commonly applying to intangibles as well as material things.
    • steal jewels
    • stole a look at the gifts
pilfer implies stealing repeatedly in small amounts.
    • pilfered from his employer
filch adds a suggestion of snatching quickly and surreptitiously.
    • filched an apple from the tray
purloin stresses removing or carrying off for one's own use or purposes.
    • printed a purloined document

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steal

noun

Definition of steal

1 :the act or an instance of stealing
2 :a fraudulent or questionable political deal
3 :bargain 2
  • it's a steal at that price

Examples of steal in a Sentence

  1. This car is a steal at only $5,000.

  2. He has 40 steals this season.

  3. a nifty steal by the defender

Recent Examples of steal from the Web

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First Known Use of steal

circa 1825



STEAL Defined for English Language Learners

steal

play
verb

Definition of steal for English Language Learners

  • : to take (something that does not belong to you) in a way that is wrong or illegal

  • : to take (something that you are not supposed to have) without asking for permission

  • : to wrongly take and use (another person's idea, words, etc.)


steal

noun

Definition of steal for English Language Learners

  • : something that is being sold at a low price

  • baseball : the act of stealing a base

  • sports : the act of taking the ball, puck, etc., from another player


STEAL Defined for Kids

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steal

play
verb \ ˈstēl \

Definition of steal for Students

stole \ˈstōl\; stolen \ˈstō-lən\; stealing
1 :to take and carry away (something that belongs to another person) without permission and with the intention of keeping
2 :to come or go quietly or secretly
  • She stole out of the room.
3 :to draw attention away from others
  • The puppy stole the show.
4 :to take or get secretly or in a tricky way
  • He stole a nap.
5 :to reach the next base safely in baseball by running to it when the ball has not been hit in play
6 :to take (as a ball or puck) from another player
7 :to take something from a situation

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steal

noun

Definition of steal for Students

1 :the act or an instance of stealing
  • He leads the team in steals.
2 :1bargain 2
  • At 20 dollars, these boots were a steal.

Medical Dictionary

steal

play
noun \ ˈstēl \

medical Definition of steal

:abnormal circulation characterized by deviation (as through collateral vessels or by backward flow) of blood to tissues where the normal flow of blood has been cut off by occlusion of an artery
  • subclavian steal
  • coronary steal

Law Dictionary

steal

transitive verb

legal Definition of steal

stole; stolen; stealing
:to take or appropriate without right or consent and with intent to keep or make use of — see also robbery, theft

Origin and Etymology of steal

Old English stelan



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