steal «steel», verb, stole, sto|len, steal|ing, noun.
1. to take (something) that does not belong to one; take dishonestly: »

Robbers stole the money. Who steals my purse, steals trash (Shakespeare).

2. to take or appropriate (another's work, words, or ideas) without permission or acknowledgment; pass off as one's own: »

No man like you for stealing other men's inventions (Scott).

3. to take, get, or do secretly: »

to steal a kiss, to steal a look at someone. She stole time from her lessons to read a story.

4. to take, get, or win by art, charm, or gradual means: »

The baby stole our hearts. At the circus, the trained bears stole the act from the clowns.

5. to place, move, or pass slowly, gently, or imperceptibly: »

She stole her hand into his.

6. Baseball. to run to (second base, third base, or home plate) as the pitcher delivers the ball to the batter. A player steals a base when he reaches it without the help of a hit, base on balls, error, passed ball, wild pitch, or balk.
7. to make (as a play or point) unexpectedly.
1. to commit or practice theft: »

From childhood she had stolen whenever she had a chance.

2. to move, come, or leave secretly or quietly: »

She had stolen softly out of the house. A mink steals out of the marsh…and seizes a frog (Thoreau).

SYNONYM(S): sneak, skulk, slink.
3. to move, pass, come, or go slowly, gently, or imperceptibly: »

The years steal by. A feeling of drowsiness stole over me. Her hand stole timidly into his.

4. Baseball. to steal a base.
1. Informal. a) the act of stealing. b) the thing stolen.
2. Informal. something obtained at a very low cost or with very little effort: »

This table is such a bargain it's a steal.

3. Informal. a dishonest or unethical transaction at a great profit: »

Of all the swindles and steals that have ever been proposed or carried out in our State, this is the largest and boldest (Daily Gazette [Little Rock, Arkansas]).

4. Baseball. a safe advance from one base to another by stealing: »

Davis overthrew second in an attempt to nail Hale on a steal (Oregonian).

↑steal the thunder,
See under thunder. (Cf.thunder)
[Old English stelan]
steal´er, noun.
Synonym Study transitive verb.1 Steal, pilfer, filch mean to take dishonestly or wrongfully and secretly something belonging to someone else. Steal is the general and common word: »

Thieves stole the silver.

Pilfer means to steal and carry away in small amounts: »

In many department stores hidden guards watch for people who pilfer merchandise.

Filch implies stealthy or furtive pilfering, usually of objects of little value: »

The children filched some candy from the counter.

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  • steal — ► VERB (past stole; past part. stolen) 1) take (something) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it. 2) give or take surreptitiously or without permission: I stole a look at my watch. 3) move somewhere quietly or… …   English terms dictionary

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