AskDefine | Define steal

Dictionary Definition



1 an advantageous purchase; "she got a bargain at the auction"; "the stock was a real buy at that price" [syn: bargain, buy]
2 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)


1 take without the owner's consent; "Someone stole my wallet on the train"; "This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"
2 move stealthily; "The ship slipped away in the darkness" [syn: slip]
3 steal a base
4 to go stealthily or furtively; "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house" [syn: sneak, mouse, creep, pussyfoot] [also: stolen, stole]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /stiːl/, /sti:l/
  • Rhymes with: -iːl





  1. To illegally, or without the owner's permission, take possession of something by surreptitiously taking or carrying it away.
    The government agents stole my money.
    Three irreplaceable paintings were stolen from the gallery.
  2. To get or effect surreptitiously or artfully.
  3. transitive colloquial To acquire at a low price.
    He stole the car for two thousand less than its book value.
  4. To draw attention unexpectedly in (an entertainment), especially by being the outstanding performer.
  5. To move silently or secretly.
    He stole across the room, trying not to wake her.
  6. In the context of "transitive|baseball": 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.



to illegally take possession of
to get or effect surreptitiously or artfully
to draw attention
to move silently
  • Japanese: 忍び足をする
  • Swedish: smyga
baseball: to advance safely during the pitch


  1. A cheap item.
    At $5, that jacket was an amazing steal.
  2. The act of stealing.
  3. A stolen base.
  4. Scoring in an end without the hammer.



a cheap item
  • Dutch: koopje
  • German: Schnäppchen
  • Hebrew: מציאה
  • Japanese: 掘り出し物
the act of stealing
a stolen base
  • Japanese: 盗塁

Extensive Definition

The term steal can mean either:
Or, in sports terminology:
  • In baseball, to gain a stolen base
  • In basketball, a steal occurs when the defensive player actively takes possession of the ball from the opponent's team
  • In curling, a steal occurs when the team without the black hammer scores
Or, in computer science:
  • In database systems, steal refers to a policy a database follows which allows a transaction to be written on nonvolatile storage before its commit occurs
Or refer to Steal, a 2002 action film
steal in Danish: Steal

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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