- The definition of a steal is a great bargain or the act of taking goods that don't belong to you.
An example of a steal is an expensive designer bag you get at a garage sale for $2.
- To steal is to take something, especially something that does not belong to you or to do something in a quick way, hoping not to be noticed.
- An example of steal is when you take someone's wallet.
- An example of steal is when you pretend that someone else's ideas or work are your own.
- An example of steal is when you give someone a spontaneous kiss when not expected.
- An example of steal is when you quickly glance at someone and then look away, hoping not to be noticed.
transitive verbstole, stol′en, steal′ing
- to take or appropriate (another's property, ideas, etc.) without permission, dishonestly, or unlawfully, esp. in a secret or surreptitious manner
- to get, take, or give slyly, surreptitiously, or without permission: to steal a look, to steal a kiss
- to take or gain insidiously or artfully: to steal someone's heart, a defenseman stealing the puck
- to be the outstanding performer in (a scene, act, etc.), esp. in a subordinate role
- to move, put, carry, or convey surreptitiously or stealthily (in, into, from, away, etc.)
- Baseball to gain (a base) safely without the help of a hit, walk, or error, usually by running to it from another base while the pitch is being delivered
Origin of stealMiddle English stelen from Old English stælan, akin to German stehlen, probably altered from Indo-European base an unverified form ster-, to rob from source Classical Greek sterein, to rob
- to be a thief; practice theft
- to move, pass, etc. stealthily, quietly, gradually, or without being noticed
- Baseball to steal or attempt to steal a base
- an act of stealing
- something stolen
- something obtained at a cost so low as to be regarded as excessively favorable to the buyer: a hyperbolic use
verbstole, sto·len, steal·ing, steals
- To take (the property of another) without right or permission.
- To present or use (someone else's words or ideas) as one's own.
- To get or take secretly or artfully: steal a look at a diary; steal the puck from an opponent.
- To give or enjoy (a kiss) that is unexpected or unnoticed.
- To draw attention unexpectedly in (an entertainment), especially by being the outstanding performer: The magician's assistant stole the show with her comic antics.
- Baseball To advance safely to (another base) during the delivery of a pitch, without the aid of a base hit, walk, passed ball, or wild pitch.
- To steal another's property.
- To move, happen, or elapse stealthily or unobtrusively: He stole away for a quiet moment. The deadline stole up on us.
- Baseball To steal a base.
- The act of stealing.
- Slang A bargain.
- Baseball A stolen base.
- Basketball An act of gaining possession of the ball from an opponent.
Origin of stealMiddle English stelen from Old English stelan
(third-person singular simple present steals, present participle stealing, simple past stole, past participle stolen)
- To take illegally, or without the owner's permission, something owned by someone else.
- Three irreplaceable paintings were stolen from the gallery.
- (of ideas, words, music, a look, credit, etc) To appropriate without giving credit or acknowledgement.
- They stole my idea for a biodegradable, disposable garbage de-odorizer.
- To get or effect surreptitiously or artfully.
- He stole glances at the pretty woman across the street.
- (colloquial) To acquire at a low price.
- He stole the car for two thousand less than its book value.
- To draw attention unexpectedly in (an entertainment), especially by being the outstanding performer. Usually used in the phrase steal the show.
- (intransitive) To move silently or secretly.
- He stole across the room, trying not to wake her.
- To withdraw or convey (oneself) clandestinely.
- (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.
- (sports) To dispossess
- The act of stealing.
- A piece of merchandise available at a very attractive price.
- At this price, this car is a steal.
- (basketball, ice hockey) A situation in which a defensive player actively takes possession of the ball or puck from the opponent's team.
- (baseball) A stolen base.
- (curling) Scoring in an end without the hammer.
- (computing) A policy in database systems that a database follows which allows a transaction to be written on nonvolatile storage before its commit occurs
From Middle English stelen, from Old English stelan, from Proto-Germanic *stelanÄ… (compare West Frisian stelle, Low German stehlen, Dutch stelen, German stehlen, Danish stjÃ¦le, Norwegian stjele), either from Proto-Indo-European *ster- (compare Welsh herw (“theft, raid"), Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ„ÎµÏÎÏ‰ (stereÅ, “to deprive of")) or Proto-Indo-European*stel(H)- (“to stretch") (compare Albanian pÃ«/mbÃ«shtjell (“I confuse, mess up, mix, wrap up") , Old Church Slavonic [script?] (steljÇ«, “I spread out (bed, roof)"), Ancient Greek Ï„Î·Î»Î¯Î± (tÄ“lÃa, “playing table")) .