steal

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
  1. verb
    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
    shoplift
    steal in a store
    pirate
    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
    rob
    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
    crib
    take unauthorized (intellectual material)
    fiddle
    commit fraud and steal from one's employer
    pick
    pilfer or rob
    type of:
    take
    take by force
  2. verb
    move stealthily
    synonyms: slip
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    type of:
    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  3. verb
    steal a base
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    advance, gain, gain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win
    obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
  4. noun
    an advantageous purchase
    synonyms: bargain, buy
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    song
    a very small sum
    travel bargain
    a bargain rate for travellers on commercial routes (usually air routes)
    type of:
    purchase
    something acquired by purchase
  5. noun
    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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