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stolen

[stoh-luh n]
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verb
  1. past participle of steal.
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Related formsun·sto·len, adjective

steal

[steel]
verb (used with object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.
  1. to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, especially secretly or by force: A pickpocket stole his watch.
  2. to appropriate (ideas, credit, words, etc.) without right or acknowledgment.
  3. to take, get, or win insidiously, surreptitiously, subtly, or by chance: He stole my girlfriend.
  4. to move, bring, convey, or put secretly or quietly; smuggle (usually followed by away, from, in, into, etc.): They stole the bicycle into the bedroom to surprise the child.
  5. Baseball. (of a base runner) to gain (a base) without the help of a walk or batted ball, as by running to it during the delivery of a pitch.
  6. Games. to gain (a point, advantage, etc.) by strategy, chance, or luck.
  7. to gain or seize more than one's share of attention in, as by giving a superior performance: The comedian stole the show.
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verb (used without object), stole, sto·len, steal·ing.
  1. to commit or practice theft.
  2. to move, go, or come secretly, quietly, or unobserved: She stole out of the house at midnight.
  3. to pass, happen, etc., imperceptibly, gently, or gradually: The years steal by.
  4. Baseball. (of a base runner) to advance a base without the help of a walk or batted ball.
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noun
  1. Informal. an act of stealing; theft.
  2. Informal. the thing stolen; booty.
  3. Informal. something acquired at a cost far below its real value; bargain: This dress is a steal at $40.
  4. Baseball. the act of advancing a base by stealing.
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Idioms
  1. steal someone's thunder, to appropriate or use another's idea, plan, words, etc.
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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
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Related Words for stolen

lifted, pinched, purloined, robbed, snatched, appropriated, kept, kidnapped, sacked, bagged, diverted, shanghaied

Examples from the Web for stolen

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Historical Examples of stolen

  • She and her nurse had been stolen from the Ionian coast, by Greek pirates.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • "He must have stolen it," muttered Halbert, looking after Robert with disappointment and chagrin.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • He's stolen five or six hundred dollars in gold from old Paul Nichols.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Our pleasures are but the stolen moments we can snatch from its inattention.

  • I will sign you a blank cheque, which your uncle can fill up with the amount he has stolen.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for stolen

stolen

verb
  1. the past participle of steal
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steal

verb steals, stealing, stole or stolen
  1. to take (something) from someone, etc without permission or unlawfully, esp in a secret manner
  2. (tr) to obtain surreptitiously
  3. (tr) to appropriate (ideas, etc) without acknowledgment, as in plagiarism
  4. to move or convey stealthilythey stole along the corridor
  5. (intr) to pass unnoticedthe hours stole by
  6. (tr) to win or gain by strategy or luck, as in various sportsto steal a few yards
  7. steal a march on to obtain an advantage over, esp by a secret or underhand measure
  8. steal someone's thunder to detract from the attention due to another by forestalling him
  9. steal the show to be looked upon as the most interesting, popular, etc, esp unexpectedly
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noun informal
  1. the act of stealing
  2. something stolen or acquired easily or at little cost
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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 stolen

steal

v.

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.

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steal

n.

"a bargain," by 1942, American English colloquial, from steal (v.). Baseball sense of "a stolen base" is from 1867.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stolen in Medicine

steal

(stēl)
n.
  1. The diversion of blood flow from its normal course.
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