- (transitive) To illegally, or without the owner's permission, take possession of something by surreptitiously taking or carrying it away.
- The government agents stole my identity.
- Three irreplaceable paintings were stolen from the gallery.
- (transitive) To get or effect surreptitiously or artfully.
- (transitive, colloquial) To acquire at a low price.
- He stole the car for two thousand less than its book value.
- (transitive) To draw attention unexpectedly in (an entertainment), especially by being the outstanding performer. Usually used in the phrase steal the show.
- (intransitive) To move silently or secretly.
- He stole across the room, trying not to wake her.
- 1922, Virginia Woolf , Jacob's Room Chapter 1
- "Did he take his bottle well?" Mrs. Flanders whispered, and Rebecca nodded and went to the cot and turned down the quilt, and Mrs. Flanders bent over and looked anxiously at the baby, asleep, but frowning. The window shook, and Rebecca stole like a cat and wedged it.
- (transitive, baseball) To advance safely to (another base) during the delivery of a pitch, without the aid of a hit, walk, passed ball, wild pitch, or defensive indifference.
- (sports, transitive) To dispossess
- 2011 Les Roopanarine Birmingham 1 - 0 Stoke
- However, until Gardner stole the ball from Dean Whitehead in the centre circle with the half-hour approaching, setting off on a run which culminated with a testing long-range shot - with debutant Obafemi Martins lurking, Begovic gathered at the second time of asking - Stoke looked the more credible contenders to break the deadlock.
- (to illegally take possession of): (Australia, slang): flog, (Cockney rhyming slang): half-inch, (slang): knock off, (slang): jack, lift, nick, pinch, pocket, rob, thieve, confiscate, convert
- See also Thesaurus:steal
NounSteal (plural Steals)
- The act of stealing.
- A piece of merchandise available at a very attractive price.
- At this price, this car is a steal.
- (basketball, field hockey) A situation in which a defensive player actively takes possession of the ball or puck from the opponent's team.
- (baseball) A stolen base.
- (curling) Scoring in an end without the hammer.
- (computing) A policy in database systems that a database follows which allows a transaction to be written on nonvolatile storage before its commit occurs
- (merchandise available at a very attractive price): bargain
Adverbs for Steal
furtively; craftily; slyly; insidiously; basely; covertly; subtly; discreetly; mercilessly; noiselessly; jealously; suspiciously; ominously.
abstract, acquire, adopt, advantageous purchase, and, annex, appropriate, assume, bag, bargain, boost, borrow, burglarize, burglary, buy, cabbage, caper, catch up, claim, clap hands on, clasp, claw, clench, clinch, clout, clutch, collar, coon, cop, copy, couch, crawl, creep, crib, crook, defraud, derive from, drain off, draw off, embezzle, embrace, extort, filch, fleece, frisk, get, get away with, get hold of, glide, glom on to, go on tiptoe, good buy, good pennyworth, grab, grab hold of, grapple, grasp, grip, gripe, grovel, gumshoe, heist, hijack, hoist, hook, hug, imitate, inch, inch along, infringe, job, larceny, lay hands on, lay hold of, lay wait, liberate, lie in wait, lift, loot, lurk, make off with, make use of, misappropriate, mock, mooch, mouse, nab, nail, nick, nightwalk, nip, nip up, pad, palm, partake, peculate, pennyworth, pilfer, pillage, pinch, pirate, plagiarize, plunder, poach, pocket, possess, prig, prowl, purloin, purloining, pussyfoot, receive, rifle, rip-off, rob, robbery, run away with, rustle, scrabble, scramble, scrounge, seize, shadow, shanghai, shirk, shoplift, sidle, simulate, skulk, slide, slink, slip, snake, snap up, snare, snatch, sneak, snitch, stalk, steal along, stealage, stealing, swindle, swipe, take, take away, take by assault, take by storm, take hold of, take on, take over, take possession, theft, thieve, thievery, thieving, tippytoe, tiptoe, touch, usurp, vulture, walk off with, whip up, worm, worm along
Middle English stelen, from Old English stelan, from Proto-Germanic *stelanan (compare Dutch stelen, German stehlen, Norwegian stjele), either from Proto-Indo-European *ster- (compare Welsh herw (“theft, raid”), Ancient Greek στερέω (stereō, “to deprive of”)) or Proto-Indo-European *stel(H)- (“to stretch”) (compare Old Church Slavonic (steljǫ, “I spread out (bed, roof)”), Ancient Greek τηλία (tēlía, “playing table”)).
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