transitive verbrobbed, rob′bing
- 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