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Meaning of steal

steal

Pronunciation: (stēl), [key]
— v., n. stole, sto•len, steal•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, esp. secretly or by force: A pickpocket stole his watch.
  2. to appropriate (ideas, credit, words, etc.) without right or acknowledgment.
  3. to take, get, or win insidiously, surreptitiously, subtly, or by chance: He stole my girlfriend.
  4. to move, bring, convey, or put secretly or quietly; smuggle (usually fol. by away, from, in, into, etc.): They stole the bicycle into the bedroom to surprise the child.
  5. (of a base runner) to gain (a base) without the help of a walk or batted ball, as by running to it during the delivery of a pitch.
  6. to gain (a point, advantage, etc.) by strategy, chance, or luck.
  7. to gain or seize more than one's share of attention in, as by giving a superior performance: The comedian stole the show.
—v.i.
  1. to commit or practice theft.
  2. to move, go, or come secretly, quietly, or unobserved: She stole out of the house at midnight.
  3. to pass, happen, etc., imperceptibly, gently, or gradually: The years steal by.
  4. (of a base runner) to advance a base without the help of a walk or batted ball.
  5. to appropriate or use another's idea, plan, words, etc.
—n.
  1. an act of stealing; theft.
  2. the thing stolen; booty.
  3. something acquired at a cost far below its real value; bargain: This dress is a steal at $40.
  4. the act of advancing a base by stealing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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