Definition of Steal

1. Noun. An advantageous purchase. "The stock was a real buy at that price"

Exact synonyms: Bargain, Buy
Generic synonyms: Purchase
Specialized synonyms: Song, Travel Bargain
Derivative terms: Bargain, Buy, Buy

2. Verb. Take without the owner's consent. "They steal the money "; "This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"

3. Noun. A stolen base; an instance in which a base runner advances safely during the delivery of a pitch (without the help of a hit or walk or passed ball or wild pitch).
Generic synonyms: Baseball, Baseball Game

4. Verb. Move stealthily. "The ship slipped away in the darkness"
Exact synonyms: Slip
Generic synonyms: Move
Derivative terms: Slip, Slip, Stealing
Also: Slip Away, Steal Away

5. Verb. Steal a base.
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game
Generic synonyms: Advance, Gain, Gain Ground, Get Ahead, Make Headway, Pull Ahead, Win

Definition of Steal

1. n. A handle; a stale, or stele.

2. v. t. To take and carry away, feloniously; to take without right or leave, and with intent to keep wrongfully; as, to steal the personal goods of another.

3. v. i. To practice, or be guilty of, theft; to commit larceny or theft.

Definition of Steal

1. Verb. (transitive) To illegally, or without the owner's permission, take possession of something by surreptitiously taking or carrying it away. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To get or effect surreptitiously or artfully. ¹

3. Verb. (copyright chiefly informal transitive) To copy copyright-protected work without permission. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive colloquial) To acquire at a low price. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To draw attention unexpectedly in (an entertainment), especially by being the outstanding performer. Usually used in the phrase steal the show. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To move silently or secretly. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive baseball) To advance safely to (another base) during the delivery of a pitch, without the aid of a hit, walk, passed ball, wild pitch, or defensive indifference. ¹

8. Verb. (sports transitive) To dispossess ¹

9. Noun. The act of stealing. ¹

10. Noun. A piece of merchandise available at a very attractive price. ¹

11. Noun. (basketball hockey) A situation in which a defensive player actively takes possession of the ball or puck from the opponent's team. ¹

12. Noun. (baseball) A stolen base. ¹

13. Noun. (curling) Scoring in an end without the hammer. ¹

14. Noun. (computing) A policy in database systems that a database follows which allows a transaction to be written on nonvolatile storage before its commit occurs ¹

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Definition of Steal

1. to take without right or permission [v STOLE or STAW, STOLEN, STEALING, STEALS]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Steal

steak knives
steak sauce
steak sauces
steak tartare
steal (current term)
steal a glance
steal a march
steal away
steal somebody's thunder
steal the show

Literary usage of Steal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1913)
"was to steal. No error of law being complained of, it was not error to refuse a ... Neither larceny nor the intent to steal is an essential element in the ..."

2. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1898)
"oI LOVE TO steal AWHILE AWAY I LOVE to steal awhile away From every cumbering care, And spend the hours of setting day In humble, grateful prayer. ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1903)
"... he had the felonious intent ID steal the property at the time the possession was obtained. The authority of these cases is not questioned. ..."

4. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"At last they steal us from ourselves away. Pope. Still from his little he could something spare, To feed the hungry, and to clothe the bare. day, Il-i,:. ..."

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