- 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, stolen, stealing
- 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 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 ludicrously low cost
verbstole stole , 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 *stelaną (compare West Frisian stelle, Low German stehlen, Dutch stelen, German stehlen, Danish stjæle, Norwegian stjele), either from Proto-Indo-European *ster- (compare Welsh herw (“theft, raid”), Ancient Greek στερέω (stereō, “to deprive of”)) or Proto-Indo-European*stel(H)- (“to stretch”) (compare Albanian pë/mbështjell (“I confuse, mess up, mix, wrap up”) , Old Church Slavonic [script?] (steljǫ, “I spread out (bed, roof)”), Ancient Greek τηλία (tēlía, “playing table”)) .