steal - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
verb 

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/stiːl/
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 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 someone’s 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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