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rob

rob

 
 
pronunciation:
rab
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: robbed, robbing, robs
definition 1: to steal money or property from unlawfully and with the use or threat of force.
Someone robbed the bank last night.The outlaws robbed the passengers on the train.
synonyms:
rip off, stick up
similar words:
burglarize, burgle, mug, plunder, raid, roll
definition 2: to deprive unjustly or harmfully of something.
Anxiety robbed her of sleep.He believed his brother had robbed him of his inheritance.
synonyms:
cheat
antonyms:
enrich
similar words:
bilk, deprive
definition 3: to take by stealing or plundering.
They robbed the silver and anything else of value they could find in the old house.
synonyms:
loot, plunder, steal, swipe
similar words:
cop, filch, lift, pilfer, pirate, pocket, purloin, raid, rip off, thieve
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to engage in robbing or the practice of robbing; steal.
synonyms:
plunder, steal, thieve
similar words:
loot, pirate, purloin, reave
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derivation: robber (n.)
rob or steal?
Both rob and steal have to do with taking something in a way that is against the law. Rob emphasizes the person or place from which something is taken. Steal emphasizes the thing that was taken. You rob someone of something, but you steal something from someone.
Compare:
  • Someone robbed the store! They stole all the money!
  • Someone robbed John of his wallet. John was robbed.
  • Someone stole a wallet from John. The wallet was stolen.
Word Builder: rob +
  • robber:
    a person who robs.
  • robbery:
    the crime of robbing.
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