verb (used with object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.
verb (used without object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.
Origin of steal
Related Words for stealpilfer, kidnap, swipe, remove, keep, plunder, take, strip, embezzle, loot, abduct, divert, ransack, cheat, rifle, sack, appropriate, defraud, thieve, purloin
Examples from the Web for steal
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 6, 2015
When they steal things, they want to get all the bonus points.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
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
December 19, 2014
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
October 25, 2014
And I am able to steal back what was stolen from me as a child.NPR’s Smooth-Talking Millennial Whisperer
October 7, 2014
Historical Examples of steal
If I cannot find one, I will earn, beg or steal the money to get them printed.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
I steal into his sleep, and play my part among the figures of his dreams.Other Tales and Sketches
It never occurred to her that the girl might have been tempted to steal—and had not resisted the temptation.
There are hundreds of them who steal because they don't get enough to eat.
Sleep did not steal upon the sisters at one and the same time.The Wives of The Dead
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.