- 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.
steal definition by Webster's New World
- 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, to steal the puck in hockey
- 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: Middle 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 ludicrously low cost
- stealer noun
steal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb stole stole , sto·len , steal·ing, steals verb, transitive
- 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 commit theft.
- To move, happen, or elapse stealthily or unobtrusively.
- 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: Middle English stelen, from Old English stelan.
- stealˈer noun
steal - Medical Definition
steal - Phrases/Idioms
steal (someone's) thunder