What does steal mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bargain, buy, steal(noun)

    an advantageous purchase

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

  2. steal(verb)

    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. steal(verb)

    take without the owner's consent

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

  4. steal, slip(verb)

    move stealthily

    "The ship slipped away in the darkness"

  5. steal(verb)

    steal a base

Wiktionary

  1. steal(Noun)

    The act of stealing.

  2. steal(Noun)

    A piece of merchandise available at a very attractive price.

    At this price, this car is a steal.

  3. steal(Noun)

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

  4. steal(Noun)

    A stolen base.

  5. steal(Noun)

    Scoring in an end without the hammer.

  6. steal(Noun)

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

  7. steal(Verb)

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

  8. steal(Verb)

    To get or effect surreptitiously or artfully.

  9. steal(Verb)

    To copy copyright-protected work without permission.

  10. steal(Verb)

    To acquire at a low price.

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

  11. steal(Verb)

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

  12. steal(Verb)

    To move silently or secretly.

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

  13. steal(Verb)

    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. steal(Verb)

    To dispossess

Webster Dictionary

  1. Steal(noun)

    a handle; a stale, or stele

    Etymology: [See Stale a handle.]

  2. Steal(verb)

    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. Steal(verb)

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

    Etymology: [See Stale a handle.]

  4. Steal(verb)

    to gain by insinuating arts or covert means

    Etymology: [See Stale a handle.]

  5. Steal(verb)

    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. Steal(verb)

    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. Steal(verb)

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

    Etymology: [See Stale a handle.]

  8. Steal(verb)

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    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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How to say steal in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Gabriel Sterling:

    If you're a Georgia voter, if you want your values reflected by your elected officials, I strongly beg and encourage you : Go vote tomorrow. Do not let anybody discourage you. Do not self-suppress your own vote. Do not make a self-fulfilling prophecy out of doing this. Don't let anybody steal your vote that way, that's what's happening if you self-suppress : You are taking away your important voice from this election.

  2. Vikrant Parsai:

    It is difficult to forgive those who steal our time.

  3. Ramana Pemmaraju:

    Believe me, men never stare at women, its they who steal our attention - Ramana Pemmaraju

  4. Whitney Moore, Jr.:

    We create an environment where it is alright to hate, to steal, to cheat, and to lie if we dress it up with symbols of respectability, dignity and love.

  5. Parisa Tabriz:

    There's this idea that you need to be a super genius computer geek to be a hacker. But in reality, I think anybody can be a hacker in the real world -- just think of all the non-software examples, a lot of people ask me what's the best answer I've been given to the vending machine problem, and the real answer is there is none. Some people think about how they'd steal their favorite snack; some people figure out how to steal the entire machine of snacks; and some people figure out how they could add some sort of functionality to the machine that wasn't there before.

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