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Definitions of steal

  1. an advantageous purchase; " she got a bargain at the auction"; " the stock was a real buy at that price"
  2. to go stealthily or furtively; ".. stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house"
  3. take without the owner's consent; " Someone stole my wallet on the train"; " This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"
  4. steal a base, in baseball
  5. move stealthily; " The ship slipped away in the darkness"
  6. a stolen base; an instance in which a base runner advances safely during the delivery of a pitch ( without the help of a hit or walk or passed ball or wild pitch)
  7. Stole.
  8. A handle; a stale, or stele.
  9. To take and carry away, feloniously; to take without right or leave, and with intent to keep wrongfully; as, to steal the personal goods of another.
  10. To withdraw or convey clandestinely ( reflexive); hence, to creep furtively, or to insinuate.
  11. To gain by insinuating arts or covert means.
  12. To get into one's power gradually and by imperceptible degrees; to take possession of by a gradual and imperceptible appropriation; -- with away.
  13. To accomplish in a concealed or unobserved manner; to try to carry out secretly; as, to steal a look.
  14. To practice, or be guilty of, theft; to commit larceny or theft.
  15. To withdraw, or pass privily; to slip in, along, or away, unperceived; to go or come furtively.
  16. To take by theft; take without leave or right; to move in a secret or stealthy manner; as, to steal a hand into a pocket.
  17. To commit theft; slip in or out unnoticed; slip or creep along; as, to silently steal away.
  18. A theft.
  19. Stealer.
  20. Stolen.
  21. Stealing.
  22. To take by theft, or feloniously: to take away without notice: to gain or win by address or by gradual means.
  23. To practice theft: to take feloniously: to pass secretly: to slip in or out unperceived:- pa. t. stole; pa. p. stolen.
  24. To practise theft; pass secretly.
  25. To take by theft, or without notice; win or accomplish stealthily.
  26. To take without right; secure dishonestly.
  27. To move stealthily.
  28. To take or carry away feloniously, as the personal goods of another; to withdraw or convey clandestinely; to gain or win by address or by gradual imperceptible means.
  29. To withdraw or pass privily; to abscond; to practise theft; to take feloniously.
  30. To take or carry away the property of another unlawfully; to pilfer; to gain or win by gradual and imperceptible means; to slip away unperceived.
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Usage examples for steal

  1. " I used to steal things," Tom said. – Tom Slade at Black Lake by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  2. Shall I 'ire someone to steal 'im? – The Man Upstairs and Other Stories by P. G. Wodehouse
  3. How should you like to steal – The Magician's Show Box and Other Stories by Lydia Maria Child
  4. Of course not; nay more, he did not steal them, for you gave them to him. – Bred in the Bone by James Payn
  5. And now my people steal from each other. – The Book of Gud by Dan Spain Harold Hersey
  6. I didn't steal the money. – Haste and Waste by Oliver Optic
  7. " That was just what occurred to me," said Herbert; " but I didn't like to think that Eben would steal – Do and Dare A Brave Boy's Fight for Fortune by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  8. She felt a warm glow steal to her cheeks as she listened. – The Man from Jericho by Edwin Carlile Litsey
  9. I told you the man wouldn't steal – The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted by Katharine Ellis Barrett
  10. Soon he saw his opportunity to steal the secret of fire. – Legends of Ma-ui--a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina by W. D. Westervelt
  11. People will steal a dog, he says." – Jane Cable by George Barr McCutcheon
  12. He could steal the silver off the King's table from under the steward's very nose. – The Curious Book of Birds by Abbie Farwell Brown
  13. Thence down to the Old Swan, calling at Michell's, he not being within, and there I did steal a kiss or two of her, and staying a little longer, he come in, and her father, whom I carried to Westminster, my business being thither, and so back again home, and very busy all the evening. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  14. And so you thought you'd steal away without letting me know it? – Dave Dashaway and his Hydroplane by Roy Rockwood
  15. Ole man Autsy loved likker so good he would steal it from hisself. – Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2 by Work Projects Administration
  16. You steal my money! – My Tropic Isle by E J Banfield
  17. Did ye steal tonight? – From the Valley of the Missing by Grace Miller White
  18. Nothing he dared to destroy or steal – Arthurian Chronicles: Roman de Brut by Wace
  19. Joe he steal some more, maybe! – The Whelps of the Wolf by George Marsh
  20. An' they're covering somebody going in to steal 'em. – Hopalong Cassidy by Clarence E. Mulford
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