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steal

steal

 
 
pronunciation:
stil
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
steal the show
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: steals, stealing, stole, stolen
definition 1: to obtain possession of (the property of another) without permission or right, esp. in a forceful or furtive way.
synonyms:
purloin, take, thieve
similar words:
appropriate, capture, commandeer, cop, embezzle, filch, hijack, liberate, lift, loot, palm, peculate, pilfer, plunder, poach, pocket, raid, rip off, rob, snitch, swipe
definition 2: to adopt (words or ideas) as one's own without acknowledging the true source.
synonyms:
plagiarize
similar words:
appropriate, copy, crib, lift, rip off
definition 3: to obtain in a clever or surreptitious way.
She stole a glance at the documents.
synonyms:
sneak
similar words:
catch, grab, snatch
definition 4: to move or convey secretly or inconspicuously (usu. fol. by in, from, or away).
similar words:
slide, slip, sneak
definition 5: in baseball, to run safely to (another base) while the pitcher is throwing to the batter.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to practice or commit theft.
synonyms:
rob, thieve
similar words:
loot, peculate, pilfer, plunder, poach, purloin
definition 2: to move, occur, or pass gently or unobtrusively.
synonyms:
slide, slip, sneak
similar words:
creep, elapse, glide, lurk, prowl, sidle, skulk, slink, tiptoe
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phrase: steal the show
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: something stolen.
similar words:
loot
definition 2: (informal) a bargain.
At this low price the car is a steal.
synonyms:
bargain
definition 3: in baseball, an act of stealing a base.
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derivation: stealer (n.)
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Are you looking for the word steel (a metal)? Steal and steel sound alike but have different meanings.
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