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verb steal pronunciation in British English /stiːl/
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present tense
I/you/we/theysteal
he/she/itsteals
present participlestealing
past tensestole
past participlestolen
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  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 shop.
    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.
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  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.
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