stealsteal1 /stiːl/ ●●●S3W3 verb (past tense stole /stəʊl $ stoʊl/, past participle stolen /ˈstəʊlən $ ˈstoʊ-/)1take something [intransitive, transitive]SCCSTEAL to take something that belongs to someone elseBoys broke into a shop and stole £45 in cash.steal fromHe stole money from his parents.steal something from somebody/somethingHe’d stolen the flowers from our garden.2use ideas [intransitive, transitive] to use someone else’s ideas without getting permission or without admitting that they are not your own ideas syn pinchInventors know that someone is always going to try to steal their designs.steal something from somebodyA well-known scientist was accused of stealing ideas from his former student.3move somewhere [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]GOQUIET to move quietly without anyone noticing you syn creepsteal into/across etcHe dressed quietly and stole out of the house.4 →steal the show/limelight/scene5 →steal a look/glance etc6sporta)[intransitive, transitive]DSB to run to the next base before someone hits the ball in the sport of baseballb)[transitive] to suddenly take control of the ball, puck etc when the other team had previously had control of it, for example in basketball or icehockeyRoy steals the ball four times in the first half.7 →steal a kiss8 →steal a march on somebody9 →steal somebody’s thunder10 →steal somebody’s heart → beg, borrow, or stealat beg(8)THESAURUSsteal to illegally take something that belongs to someone elseThe thieves stole over £10,000 worth of computer equipment.Thousands of cars get stolen every year.take to steal something – used when it is clear from the situation that you mean that someone takes something dishonestlyThe boys broke into her house and took all her money.They didn’t take much – just a few items of jewellery.burgle British English, burglarize American English [usually passive] to go into someone’s home and steal things, especially when the owners are not thereTheir house was burgled while they were away.If you leave windows open, you are asking to be burgled.rob to steal money or other things from a bank, shop, or personThe gang were convicted of robbing a bank in Essex.An elderly woman was robbed at gunpoint in her own home.He’s serving a sentence for robbing a grocery store.mug to attack someone in the street and steal something from themPeople in this area are frightened of being mugged when they go out.Someone tried to mug me outside the station.nick/pinch British English informal to steal somethingSomeone’s nicked my wallet!When I came back, my car had been pinched.embezzle to steal money from the organization you work for, especially money that you are responsible forGovernment officials embezzled more than $2.5 million from the department.shoplifting stealing things from a shop by taking them when you think no one is lookingShoplifting costs stores millions of pounds every year.phishing the activity of dishonestly persuading people to give you their creditcarddetails over the Internet, so that you can steal money from their bank accountPhishing is becoming very popular with computer criminals.
steals the ball• Roy steals the ball four times in the first half, Red and B each score twelve points.stealsteal2 noun [countable]1 →be a steal2the act of suddenly taking control of the ball when the other team had previously had control of it, especially in basketballJohnson had ten points and a steal in the first half.3the act of running to the next base before someone hits the ball in the sport of baseball
Examples from the Corpus
steal• At £100, it would be good value for money, but at £59.95, it's an absolutesteal.• Many people don't regardcheating on their taxes as stealing.• The 5-5 Rizzotti had 11 points and five steals in the first half.• Eddie Jones played 48 minutes for his second consecutive long night and contributed 19 points and four steals.• He shoots 54. 7 percent from the floor and is among the Pac-10 leaders in steals and blockedshots.• She led the team in steals.• DreamShakes, twisting layups, toughrebounds, keysteals.• She forgets the steals, the rebounds, the slick ballhandling.• Jess connects on one of two three-point attempts and grabs two steals.From Longman Business Dictionarystealsteal1 /stiːl/ verb (past tense stole /stəʊlstoʊl/, past participle stolen /ˈstəʊlənˈstoʊ-/)1[intransitive, transitive] to take something that belongs to someone, without their permissionsteal fromThey had admitted stealing from clients.2steal a march on somebody to do something new or good before other people do it, for example by producing a new productThe American computer company really stole a march on the competition with its latest PCs.→ See Verb tablestealsteal2 nounbe a steal informal to be very cheapAt 20 bucks the camera was a steal.