Definition of steal
- enPR: enPR: stēl, IPA: /stiːl/, SAMPA: /sti:l/
- Rhymes: -iːl
- Homophones: steel
to steal (third-person singular simple present steals, present participle stealing, simple past stole, past participle stolen)
- (transitive) To illegally, or without the owner's permission, take possession of something by surreptitiously taking or carrying it away.
The government agents stole my money.
Three irreplaceable paintings were stolen from the gallery.
- (transitive) To get or effect surreptitiously or artfully.
- (transitive, colloquial) To acquire at a low price.
He stole the car for two thousand less than its book value.
- (transitive) To draw attention unexpectedly in (an entertainment), especially by being the outstanding performer.
- (intransitive) To move silently or secretly.
He stole across the room, trying not to wake her.
- (transitive, baseball) To advance safely to (another base) during the delivery of a pitch, without the aid of a hit, walk, passed ball, wild pitch, or defensive indifference.
- (to illegally take possession of): (Australia, slang): flog, (Cockney rhyming slang): half-inch, (slang): knock off, (slang): jack, lift, nick, pinch, pocket, rob, thieve, confiscate, convert
steal (plural steals)
- The act of stealing.
- A piece of merchandise available at a very attractive price.
At this price, this car is a steal.
- (basketball, field hockey) A situation in which a defensive player actively takes possession of the ball or puck from the opponent's team.
- (baseball) A stolen base.
- (curling) Scoring in an end without the hammer.
- (computing) A policy in database systems that a database follows which allows a transaction to be written on nonvolatile storage before its commit occurs
- (merchandise available at a very attractive price): bargain
- Anagrams of aelst
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