- Law to take personal property from unlawfully by using or threatening force and violence; commit robbery upon
- popularly to steal something from in any way, as by embezzlement or burglary
- to plunder or rifle
- Now Rare to take by stealing or plundering
- to deprive (someone) of something belonging or due, or take or withhold something from unjustly or injuriously: the accident robbed him of health
Origin of robMiddle English robben ; from Old French rober ; from Germanic an unverified form raubon, akin to Old High German roubon, Old English reafian ; from Indo-European an unverified form reup-: see rub
to commit robbery
verbrobbed, rob·bing, robs
- a. Law To take property from (a person) illegally by using or threatening to use violence or force; commit robbery upon.b. To steal something from (a place, vehicle, or institution, for example): Bandits robbed the train.c. To steal (money or valuables): robbed money out of the till.
- a. To deprive unjustly of something belonging to, desired by, or legally due (someone): robbed her of her professional standing.b. To deprive of something injuriously: a parasite that robs a tree of its sap.
To engage in or commit robbery.
Origin of robMiddle English robben, from Old French rober, of Germanic origin; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present robs, present participle robbing, simple past and past participle robbed)
- To steal from, especially using force or violence.
- He robbed three banks before he was caught.
- To deprive of, or withhold from, unjustly or injuriously; to defraud.
- (figuratively, used with "of") To deprive (of).
- Working all day robs me of any energy to go out in the evening.
- (intransitive, slang) To burgle.
- (intransitive) To commit robbery.
- (sports) To take possession of the ball, puck etc. from