steal1 W3S3 [sti:l] v past tense stole [stəul US stoul] past participle stolen [ˈstəulən US ˈstou-]
1¦(take something)¦
2¦(use ideas)¦
3¦(move somewhere)¦
4 steal the show/limelight/scene
5 steal a look/glance etc
7 steal a kiss
8 steal a march on somebody
9 steal somebody's thunder
10 steal somebody's heart
[: Old English; Origin: stelan]
1.) ¦(TAKE SOMETHING)¦ [I and T]
to take something that belongs to someone else
Boys broke into a shop and stole £45 in cash.
steal from
He stole money from his parents.
steal sth from sb
He'd stolen the flowers from our garden.
2.) ¦(USE IDEAS)¦ [I and T]
to use someone else's ideas without getting permission or without admitting that they are not your own ideas
= ↑pinch
Inventors know that someone is always going to try to steal their designs.
steal sth from sb
A well-known scientist was accused of stealing his former student's ideas.
3.) ¦(MOVE SOMEWHERE)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to move quietly without anyone noticing you
= ↑creep steal into/across etc
He dressed quietly and stole out of the house.
4.) steal the show/limelight/scene
to do something, especially when you are acting in a play, that makes people pay more attention to you than to other people
Elwood stole the show with a marvellous performance.
5.) steal a look/glance etc
to look at someone or something quickly and secretly
6.) ¦(SPORT)¦
a) [I and T]
to run to the next ↑base before someone hits the ball in the sport of baseball
b) [T]
to suddenly take control of the ball, ↑puck etc, when the other team had previously had control of it, for example in ↑basketball or ↑ice hockey
Roy steals the ball four times in the first half.
7.) steal a kiss
to kiss someone quickly when they are not expecting it
8.) steal a march on sb
to gain an advantage over someone by doing something that they had planned to do before them
He was afraid another scholar was going to steal a march on him and publish first.
9.) steal sb's thunder
to get the success and praise someone else should have got, by doing what they had intended to do
10.) steal sb's heart
literary to make someone fall in love with you
beg, borrow, or steal atbeg
steal 2
steal2 n
1.) be a steal informal
to be very cheap
an excellent seafood dish that is a steal at $8.25
2.) the act of suddenly taking control of the ball when the other team had previously had control of it, especially in ↑basketball
Johnson had ten points and a steal in the first half.
3.) the act of running to the next ↑base before someone hits the ball in the sport of baseball

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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