Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

steal

 - definitions and thesaurus
 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb steal pronunciation in American English /stil/
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theysteal
he/she/itsteals
present participlestealing
past tensestole
past participlestolen
 
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to take something that belongs to someone else without permission

    They were jailed for three years for stealing cars.

    steal from:

    Johnny was accused of stealing from the store.

    steal something from someone/something:

    She was caught stealing food from the supermarket.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move somewhere quietly and secretly
    steal across/into/up:

    While Sara wasn’t looking, I stole across the hall to make a call.

    Synonyms and related words
  3. 3
    [intransitive] if a feeling steals over someone, they gradually begin to feel it
    steal over/through/into:

    I felt a warm deep pleasure steal over me.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] if an expression steals over someones face, they gradually begin to have that expression on their face
      steal over/across/into:

      A grim expression stole over his face.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to run successfully to the next base before someone hits the ball in a game of baseball

    Cobb was famous for stealing second base.

phrases

See also
 

SOLE

… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

bankster

a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog