- past participle of steal.
- to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, especially secretly or by force: A pickpocket stole his watch.
- to appropriate (ideas, credit, words, etc.) without right or acknowledgment.
- to take, get, or win insidiously, surreptitiously, subtly, or by chance: He stole my girlfriend.
- 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.
- 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.
- Games. to gain (a point, advantage, etc.) by strategy, chance, or luck.
- to gain or seize more than one's share of attention in, as by giving a superior performance: The comedian stole the show.
- to commit or practice theft.
- to move, go, or come secretly, quietly, or unobserved: She stole out of the house at midnight.
- to pass, happen, etc., imperceptibly, gently, or gradually: The years steal by.
- Baseball. (of a base runner) to advance a base without the help of a walk or batted ball.
- Informal. an act of stealing; theft.
- Informal. the thing stolen; booty.
- Informal. something acquired at a cost far below its real value; bargain: This dress is a steal at $40.
- Baseball. the act of advancing a base by stealing.
- steal someone's thunder, to appropriate or use another's idea, plan, words, etc.
Origin of steal
Related Words for stolenlifted, pinched, purloined, robbed, snatched, appropriated, kept, kidnapped, sacked, bagged, diverted, shanghaied
Examples from the Web for stolen
Contemporary Examples of stolen
Interestingly, The Interview was the one movie that was not stolen and made available online by those who hacked Sony.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel
December 20, 2014
Then there were the charges for linking to stolen information which were dropped earlier this year.Sentencing Looms for Barrett Brown, Advocate for “Anonymous”
Kevin M. Gallagher
December 15, 2014
If they run off with somebody else, we say they were stolen—as if they are an object or a commodity.Owning Up to Possession’s Downside
December 14, 2014
The prize will not be replaced if lost, mutilated, or stolen.
Göring, of course, would amass an astounding collection of artwork himself, both purchased and stolen.Top Nazis And Their Complicated Relationship With Artists
November 30, 2014
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.
He's stolen five or six hundred dollars in gold from old Paul Nichols.
Our pleasures are but the stolen moments we can snatch from its inattention.The Conquest of Fear
I will sign you a blank cheque, which your uncle can fill up with the amount he has stolen.Weighed and Wanting
- the past participle of steal
- to take (something) from someone, etc without permission or unlawfully, esp in a secret manner
- (tr) to obtain surreptitiously
- (tr) to appropriate (ideas, etc) without acknowledgment, as in plagiarism
- to move or convey stealthilythey stole along the corridor
- (intr) to pass unnoticedthe hours stole by
- (tr) to win or gain by strategy or luck, as in various sportsto steal a few yards
- steal a march on to obtain an advantage over, esp by a secret or underhand measure
- steal someone's thunder to detract from the attention due to another by forestalling him
- steal the show to be looked upon as the most interesting, popular, etc, esp unexpectedly
- the act of stealing
- something stolen or acquired easily or at little cost
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.
- The diversion of blood flow from its normal course.