verb (used with object), robbed, rob·bing.
verb (used without object), robbed, rob·bing.
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What does rob mean?
To rob is to steal, especially by force or through threats of violence.
A robber can rob a person or a place, such as a house or business. The act of robbing a person on the street is often called mugging. The act of robbing a bank is called bank robbery and a person who does it is called a bank robber. Armed robbery involves robbing a person or place while armed with a weapon.
Rob and steal are often used interchangeably in terms of their general meaning, but their use within a sentence often differs. The word rob often focuses on the victim of the theft (whether it’s a person or a place), whereas steal often focuses on what has been stolen. So you can rob a bank, a person, or a house, whereas you steal money, diamonds, or cars. A bank robber doesn’t steal banks (unless they’re Carmen Sandiego, maybe)—they steal money from banks.
However, the word rob is sometimes followed by the word of and the thing that’s been taken, as in She robbed me of thousands of dollars!
The word rob can also be used in a kind of figurative way meaning to unfairly deprive someone of something, especially something abstract or intangible. If someone prevents you from doing something, you can say they robbed you of the chance to do it. Death is said to rob us of our loved ones. If someone loses a competition not because they were fairly defeated but because of some technicality, they might say “I was robbed!”
Unrelatedly, the name Rob is short for Robert.
Example: The suspect is accused of robbing seven banks during a three-month period.
Where does rob come from?
The first records of the verb rob come from around 1200. It comes from the Middle English robben, meaning “to rob.”
The word rob is used in several idioms, some of which use it in a literal sense and some of which use it in a figurative sense. To rob the till is to steal from one’s employer, such as by taking money from the cash register (a till is a money drawer). To rob someone blind is to steal a lot of money or other things from them or to thoroughly cheat them out of something through deception. To rob Peter to pay Paul is to take money or resources that are intended for one thing and apply them to another. An example is getting a loan from one person in order to pay a debt to another person, or taking resources from one department in a company to benefit another.
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How is rob used in real life?
Both the literal and figurative senses of rob are commonly used.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is asking the public for help finding a man who they say robbed a credit union on November 20.https://t.co/EHsCBRwFyb
— KSNV News 3 Las Vegas (@News3LV) December 18, 2020
Scanner: Man has been robbing convenience stores around Baltimore; hit Northern District today. No official word from dept #scanner
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) November 5, 2014
Part of my personal refusal includes not letting technology rob me of my rest, imagination and silence.
— The Nap Ministry (@TheNapMinistry) December 3, 2020
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“This disease has robbed me of my sight, but not my dignity.”
Example sentences from the Web for rob
The narrow lens through which craft chocolate is seen is not only to the detriment of Indigenous chocolate makers globally, but also robs consumers of the chacne to experience the multitude of ways chocolate is produced.Meet Four Craft Chocolate Makers Decolonizing the Industry|Jinji Fraser|October 22, 2020|Eater
Suddenly robbed of her dinner plans, she seemed stumped for an alternative.‘A curfew at nine o’clock is like closing restaurants’: For the French, the latest COVID measures cross a line|Vivienne Walt|October 15, 2020|Fortune
For example, facial recognition systems that were never properly regulated before being developed and deployed are now so widely used as to rob people of their privacy.How democracies can claim back power in the digital world|Amy Nordrum|September 29, 2020|MIT Technology Review
He has been robbed of what could’ve been a new point in his life.Docs, Witnesses Say Lax Procedures Fueled Virus Spread in Federal Jail|Maya Srikrishnan|September 28, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Palm oil expansion is also robbing orangutans, tigers, rhinos, and elephants of their natural habitats.The Environmental Headache in Your Shampoo - Issue 90: Something Green|Anastasia Bendebury & Michael Shilo DeLay|September 16, 2020|Nautilus
He texted one of the other founding Santas, “Fuck you, Santa Rob.”Before the Bros, SantaCon Was as an Anti-Corporate Protest|David Freedlander|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rob Marshall lets a sigh of relief erupt so loud it could be heard by giants in the sky.
I was naive enough to assume that he would, at most, rob me.
And then, the very next day, an email arrived from my English department: “Rob, were you expecting a letter from the Unabomber?!”
This would give his gang plenty of time to rob the bank and make their getaway.
He told her that he had sent us to look for it, and that we had taken advantage of the opportunity to rob the paymaster.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
The thunder was the tocsin of the storm, but those who came to rob and kill moved unheralded in swift silence.
It occurred to him then that it was entirely possible that the rob and kill boys had not left the suburban town at all.
It recalled Ray Delancy, one of the most dangerous rob and kill men in the business.
They rob birds' nests of their eggs and young, they capture and devour snakes and other small animals.Man And His Ancestor|Charles Morris