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verb [transitive]     rob pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerobbing
past tenserobbed
past participlerobbed
  1. 1
    to take money or property illegally from a person or place, often using threats or violence

    They were planning to rob the museum.

    rob someone of something:

    Daniel was robbed of his car, briefcase, and cell phone.

    rob someone at knifepoint/gunpoint:

    Mr. Davies was robbed at knifepoint.

  2. 2
    to take something such as an opportunity, skill, or quality from someone, often in an unfair way
    rob someone of something:

    The shock had robbed her of the power of speech.


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