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."
v take without the owner's consent
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abstract, cabbage, filch, hook, lift, nobble, pilfer, pinch, purloin, snarf, sneak, swipe
make off with belongings of others
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
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
take without permission
hustle, pluck, roll
sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
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
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take by force