To steal is take something that isn't yours: thieves steal. But a bargain that's so good it's almost like you're getting away with robbery is also called a steal.

Stealing is what thieves do: taking things from other people. A bank robber steals money. A mugger steals purses and wallets. People also use steal in other ways. If someone wastes your time, you might say they're stealing your time. A store having a sale might say, "Our prices are a steal!" In baseball, a runner can steal a base. When you see steal, think "take."

Definitions of steal

v take without the owner's consent

“Someone stole my wallet on the train”
“This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation”
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abstract, cabbage, filch, hook, lift, nobble, pilfer, pinch, purloin, snarf, sneak, swipe
make off with belongings of others
lift, rustle
take illegally
steal in a store
copy illegally; of published material
lift, plagiarise, plagiarize
take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property
bag, pocket
take unlawfully
defalcate, embezzle, malversate, misappropriate, peculate
appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use
take something away by force or without the consent of the owner
cop, glom, hook, knock off, snitch, thieve
take by theft
walk off
take without permission
hustle, pluck, roll
sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
loot, plunder
take illegally; of intellectual property
burglarise, burglarize, burgle, heist
commit a burglary; enter and rob a dwelling
hold up, stick up
rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat
take unauthorized (intellectual material)
commit fraud and steal from one's employer
pilfer or rob
Type of:
take by force

v move stealthily

Type of:
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v steal a base

Type of:
advance, gain, gain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win
obtain advantages, such as points, etc.

n an advantageous purchase

bargain, buy
a very small sum
travel bargain
a bargain rate for travellers on commercial routes (usually air routes)
Type of:
something acquired by purchase

n a stolen base; an instance in which a base runner advances safely during the delivery of a pitch (without the help of a hit or walk or passed ball or wild pitch)

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baseball, baseball game
a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

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