verb (used with object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.
verb (used without object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.
Words nearby steal
Idioms for steal
Origin of steal
OTHER WORDS FROM stealsteal·a·ble, adjectivesteal·er, nounnon·steal·a·ble, adjectiveout·steal, verb (used with object), out·stole, out·sto·len, out·steal·ing.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH stealburglarize mug rip off rob steal (see synonym study at rob)steal steel stele
historical usage of steal
The idea of secrecy and concealment is a natural association, as in the words derivative of stel-, such as the noun stealth (Middle English stelthe, stelth, from Germanic stēlithō ), and the verb stalk “to follow or observe secretly or cautiously.” One of the current senses of stalk “to follow or harass someone obsessively over a period of time” dates from the early 1980s.
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