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Definition of "steal" []

  • To take (the property of another) without right or permission. (verb-transitive)
  • To present or use (someone else's words or ideas) as one's own. (verb-transitive)
  • To get or take secretly or artfully: steal a look at a diary; steal the puck from an opponent. (verb-transitive)
  • To give or enjoy (a kiss) that is unexpected or unnoticed. (verb-transitive)
  • To draw attention unexpectedly in (an entertainment), especially by being the outstanding performer: The magician's assistant stole the show with her comic antics. (verb-transitive)
  • To take (something) from someone, etc without permission or unlawfully, esp in a secret manner (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To obtain surreptitiously (verb)
  • To appropriate (ideas, etc) without acknowledgment, as in plagiarism (verb)
  • To move or convey stealthily (verb)
  • To pass unnoticed (verb)
  • To win or gain by strategy or luck, as in various sports (verb)
  • The act of stealing (noun)
  • Something stolen or acquired easily or at little cost (noun)

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Use "steal" in a sentence
  • "He was sure that it was Striped Chipmunk's storehouse, and he wouldn't admit to himself that he was going to steal, actually _steal_."
  • "And why would it be bad for a person to model (what you called steal) their philosophy off of someone."
  • "These days you apply for a license to steal from the public."