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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.
Someone stole my bicycle.
 
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.
The professor could tell that several ideas in the student's paper had been stolen.
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: 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.
They were starving and were forced to steal.
synonyms:
rob, thieve
similar words:
loot, peculate, pilfer, plunder, poach, purloin
definition 2: to move secretly or without being noticed (usu. fol. by "in," "out," or "away").
The young couple stole away from the party and went down to the river.The cat found an open window to the warm house and stole in.
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.
He had three steals in the game.
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derivation: stealer (n.)
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