Synonyms & Antonyms of steal

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to take (something) without right and with an intent to keep
  • the guy who tried to steal my car was sentenced to a year in jail

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2 to move about in a sly or secret manner
  • the teenagers were able to steal past a security guard and enter the fairgrounds without paying admission

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Synonyms & Antonyms of steal (Entry 2 of 2)

something bought or offered for sale at a desirable price
  • at 50% off, that shirt is a real steal

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How does the verb steal differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of steal are filch, pilfer, and purloin. While all these words 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

In what contexts can filch take the place of steal?

The meanings of filch and steal largely overlap; however, filch adds a suggestion of snatching quickly and surreptitiously.

filched an apple from the tray

When might pilfer be a better fit than steal?

While the synonyms pilfer and steal are close in meaning, pilfer implies stealing repeatedly in small amounts.

pilfered from his employer

When could purloin be used to replace steal?

The synonyms purloin and steal are sometimes interchangeable, but purloin stresses removing or carrying off for one's own use or purposes.

printed a purloined document

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The first known use of steal was before the 12th century

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“Steal.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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