[ steel ]
/ stil /

verb (used with object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.

verb (used without object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.


Nearby words

  1. steak au poivre,
  2. steak knife,
  3. steak set,
  4. steak tartare,
  5. steakhouse,
  6. steal a march on,
  7. steal someone blind,
  8. steal someone's heart,
  9. steal someone's thunder,
  10. steal the show


    steal someone's thunder, to appropriate or use another's idea, plan, words, etc.

Origin of steal

before 900; 1860–65 for def 5; Middle English stelen, Old English stelan; cognate with German stehlen, Old Norse stela, Gothic stilan

Related formssteal·a·ble, adjectivesteal·er, nounnon·steal·a·ble, adjectiveout·steal, verb (used with object), out·stole, out·sto·len, out·steal·ing.

Can be confusedburglarize mug rip off rob steal (see synonym study at rob)steal steel stele Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for steal


/ (stiːl) /

verb steals, stealing, stole or stolen

noun informal

the act of stealing
something stolen or acquired easily or at little cost

Word Origin for steal

Old English stelan; related to Old Frisian, Old Norse stela Gothic stilan, German stehlen

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Word Origin and History for steal
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Medicine definitions for steal


[ stēl ]


The diversion of blood flow from its normal course.

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