To rob is to steal something using violence (or the threat of violence). A criminal might rob a bank by pretending to have a weapon.

Use the verb rob when you're talking about a crime — like when a bandit robs a train in the movies, or an outlaw robs the general store on TV. You can also use it to mean "deprive," as in "Having to ride my bike to school is only going to rob me of my energy by the time I get there." Rob comes from the Old French rober, "rob, steal, or ransack."

Definitions of rob
  1. verb
    take something away by force or without the consent of the owner
    “The burglars robbed him of all his money”
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    hold up, stick up
    rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat
    pilfer or rob
    rob at gunpoint or with the threat of violence
    type of:
    take without the owner's consent
  2. verb
    rip off; ask an unreasonable price
    synonyms: fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, soak, surcharge
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    charge (someone) too little money
    extort, gouge, rack, squeeze, wring
    obtain by coercion or intimidation
    get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
    type of:
    cheat, chisel, rip off
    deprive somebody of something by deceit
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