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Wiktionary

  1. stealnoun

    The act of stealing.

  2. stealnoun

    A piece of merchandise available at a very attractive price.

    At this price, this car is a steal.

  3. stealnoun

    A situation in which a defensive player actively takes possession of the ball or puck from the opponent's team.

  4. stealnoun

    A stolen base.

  5. stealnoun

    Scoring in an end without the hammer.

  6. stealnoun

    A policy in database systems that a database follows which allows a transaction to be written on nonvolatile storage before its commit occurs

  7. stealverb

    To illegally, or without the owner's permission, take possession of something by surreptitiously taking or carrying it away.

  8. stealverb

    To get or effect surreptitiously or artfully.

  9. stealverb

    To copy copyright-protected work without permission.

  10. stealverb

    To acquire at a low price.

    He stole the car for two thousand less than its book value.

  11. stealverb

    To draw attention unexpectedly in (an entertainment), especially by being the outstanding performer. Usually used in the phrase steal the show.

  12. stealverb

    To move silently or secretly.

    He stole across the room, trying not to wake her.

  13. stealverb

    To advance safely to (another base) during the delivery of a pitch, without the aid of a hit, walk, passed ball, wild pitch, or defensive indifference.

  14. stealverb

    To dispossess

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bargain, buy, stealnoun

    an advantageous purchase

    "she got a bargain at the auction"; "the stock was a real buy at that price"

  2. stealverb

    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)

  3. stealverb

    take without the owner's consent

    "Someone stole my wallet on the train"; "This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"

  4. steal, slipverb

    move stealthily

    "The ship slipped away in the darkness"

  5. stealverb

    steal a base

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stealnoun

    a handle; a stale, or stele

    Etymology: [See Stale a handle.]

  2. Stealverb

    to take and carry away, feloniously; to take without right or leave, and with intent to keep wrongfully; as, to steal the personal goods of another

    Etymology: [See Stale a handle.]

  3. Stealverb

    to withdraw or convey clandestinely (reflexive); hence, to creep furtively, or to insinuate

    Etymology: [See Stale a handle.]

  4. Stealverb

    to gain by insinuating arts or covert means

    Etymology: [See Stale a handle.]

  5. Stealverb

    to get into one's power gradually and by imperceptible degrees; to take possession of by a gradual and imperceptible appropriation; -- with away

    Etymology: [See Stale a handle.]

  6. Stealverb

    to accomplish in a concealed or unobserved manner; to try to carry out secretly; as, to steal a look

    Etymology: [See Stale a handle.]

  7. Stealverb

    to practice, or be guilty of, theft; to commit larceny or theft

    Etymology: [See Stale a handle.]

  8. Stealverb

    to withdraw, or pass privily; to slip in, along, or away, unperceived; to go or come furtively

    Etymology: [See Stale a handle.]

Freebase

  1. Steal

    In basketball, a steal occurs when a defensive player legally causes a turnover by his positive, aggressive action. This can be done by deflecting and controlling, or by catching the opponents pass or dribble of an offensive player. The defender must not touch the offensive player's hands or otherwise a foul is called. Steals are not credited if the defensive player merely picks up a loose ball in his vicinity or when an errant pass goes directly to him. Steals are credited to the player who gains possession. Whenever a steal is recorded for a defensive player, an offensive player must be credited as making a turnover. Stealing the ball requires good anticipation, speed and fast reflexes, all common traits of a good defender. However, like blocked shots, steals are not always a perfect gauge of a player's defensive abilities. An unsuccessful steal can result in the defender being out of position and unable to recover in time, allowing the offense to score. Therefore, attempting to steal is a gamble. Steals can pay off greatly, because they often trigger a fastbreak for the defensive team. There is no prototypical position from which a player may get many steals. While smaller, quicker guards tend to accumulate the most steals, there are many exceptions. For example, forward Rick Barry led the NBA in steals in 1974-75, and for many years center Hakeem Olajuwon led his team in the category, consistently ranking among the league's leaders.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Steal

    stēl, v.t. to take by theft or feloniously: to take away without notice: to gain or win by address, insidiously, or by gradual means: to snatch: in golf, to hole a long putt by a stealthy stroke—the opposite of Gobble.v.i. to practise theft: to take feloniously: to pass secretly: to slip in or out unperceived:—pa.t. stōle; pa.p. stōlen.—ns. Steal′er; Steal′ing, the act of taking another's property without his knowledge or consent: stolen property.—adv. Steal′ingly.—Steal a march on, to gain an advantage unperceived. [A.S. stelan; Ger. stehlen, Dut. stelen.]

  2. Steal

    stēl, n. (Spens.) a handle.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'steal' in Verbs Frequency: #418

Anagrams for steal »

  1. astel, lates, least, leats, salet, setal, slate, stale, stela, taels, tales, teals, tesla

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of steal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of steal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of steal in a Sentence

  1. Alicia Valenciana:

    Our president left the country intact ; he didn't steal. Now we have to wait what the new leadership brings.

  2. The IRS:

    And hackers who would steal that information must know that they will suffer severe consequences for their crimes.

  3. John Bercow:

    You have to accept that in the democratic world you do business with whoever is elected, and in this instance, in relations with the US, Britain has let France steal a march on it.

  4. United States:

    I think The Justice Department is clear from the indictment that came out The Justice Department's not about punishing journalism, The Justice Department is about assisting the hacking of a military computer to steal information from the United States government, and look, I'll wait and see what happens with the charges and how The Justice Department proceeds, but he skipped bail in the UK, the bottom line is United States has to answer for what United States has done, at least as it's been charged.

  5. Rick Meckler:

    In the case of Facebook and Google, they continue to just steal share, advertising share, from traditional sources. So they are truly shifting the pie towards them.

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