verb (used with object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.
verb (used without object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.
- steak au poivre,
- steak knife,
- steak set,
- steak tartare,
- steal a march on,
- steal someone blind,
- steal someone's heart,
- steal someone's thunder,
- steal the show
Origin of steal
Examples from the Web for steal
In “Steal This Episode,” the filmmaker denounces Homer Simpson as an “enemy of art.”Here’s the Lost Judd Apatow ‘Simpsons’ Episode, Penned by Judd Apatow|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
When they steal things, they want to get all the bonus points.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Watch your back Liam Neeson, here comes Kevin Costner to steal your older-leading-man thunder!The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More|Kevin Fallon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Murderers tweet in Mexico; a history of Kansas City and did Picasso try to steal the Mona Lisa?7 Must-Read Stories about Mexican Cartels, Kansas City and Picasso: The Best of The Beast|William Boot|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And I am able to steal back what was stolen from me as a child.
After he became used to the dark again he ventured to steal along the wall to the window and peeped in.The Lone Star Ranger|Zane Grey
Is there any one about to steal the staircase of the Louvre, or the clock from the pavilion of the Tuileries?Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)|Charles James Lever
Why should it be culpable to steal from a resident, and laudable to do the same thing with a stranger?
He wanted no ray of light to steal out into the growing darkness and make a target.The Strength of the Pines|Edison Marshall
Cautiously I get up; I am on all fours, like a cat; and I steal out into the yard.Jewish Children|Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
verb steals, stealing, stole or stolen
Word Origin for steal
Old English stelan "to commit a theft" (class IV strong verb; past tense stæl, past participle stolen), from Proto-Germanic *stelanan (cf. Old Saxon stelan, Old Norse, Old Frisian stela, Dutch stelen, Old High German stelan, German stehlen, Gothic stilan), of unknown origin.
Most IE words for steal have roots in notions of "hide," "carry off," or "collect, heap up." Attested as a verb of stealthy motion from c.1300 (e.g. to steal away, late 14c.); of glances, sighs, etc., from 1580s. To steal (someone) blind first recorded 1974.
"a bargain," by 1942, American English colloquial, from steal (v.). Baseball sense of "a stolen base" is from 1867.