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Definition of STEAL

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Stale \Stale\ (st[=a]l), n. [OE. stale, stele, AS. stael, stel; akin to LG. & D. steel, G. stiel; cf. L. stilus stake, stalk, stem, Gr. steleo`n a handle, and E. stall, stalk, n.] The stock or handle of anything; as, the stale of a rake. [Written also {steal}, {stele}, etc.] [1913 Webster]

           But seeing the arrow's stale without, and that the head did go No further than it might be seen.        --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Steal \Steal\ (st[=e]l), v. i.
     1. To practice, or be guilty of, theft; to commit larceny or theft. [1913 Webster]

              Thou shalt not steal.                 --Ex. xx. 15. [1913 Webster]

     2. To withdraw, or pass privily; to slip in, along, or away, unperceived; to go or come furtively. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              Fixed of mind to avoid further entreaty, and to fly all company, one night she stole away. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

              From whom you now must steal, and take no leave.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              A soft and solemn breathing sound
              Rose like a steam of rich, distilled perfumes, And stole upon the air.               --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Steal \Steal\ (st[=e]l), n. [See {Stale} a handle.] A handle; a stale, or stele. [Archaic or Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

           And in his hand a huge poleax did bear.
           Whose steale was iron-studded but not long. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Steal \Steal\ (st[=e]l), v. t. [imp. {Stole} (st[=o]l); p. p. {Stolen} (st[=o]"l'n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Stealing}.] [OE. stelen, AS. stelan; akin to OFries. stela, D. stelen, OHG. stelan, G. stehlen, Icel. stela, SW. stj[aum]la, Dan. stiaele, Goth. stilan.]
     1. 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. [1913 Webster]

              Maugre thy heed, thou must for indigence Or steal, or beg, or borrow, thy dispense.
                                                    --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              The man who stole a goose and gave away the giblets in alms.                              --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster]

     2. To withdraw or convey clandestinely (reflexive); hence, to creep furtively, or to insinuate. [1913 Webster]

              They could insinuate and steal themselves under the same by their humble carriage and submission.
                                                    --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

              He will steal himself into a man's favor. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. To gain by insinuating arts or covert means. [1913 Webster]

              So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
                                                    --2 Sam. xv.
                                                    6. [1913 Webster]

     4. To get into one's power gradually and by imperceptible degrees; to take possession of by a gradual and imperceptible appropriation; -- with away. [1913 Webster]

              Variety of objects has a tendency to steal away the mind from its steady pursuit of any subject. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

     5. To accomplish in a concealed or unobserved manner; to try to carry out secretly; as, to steal a look. [1913 Webster]

              Always, when thou changest thine opinion or course, profess it plainly, . . . and do not think to steal it.                                   --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

     {To steal a march}, to march in a covert way; to gain an advantage unobserved; -- formerly followed by of, but now by on or upon, and sometimes by over; as, to steal a march upon one's political rivals. [1913 Webster]

              She yesterday wanted to steal a march of poor Liddy.
                                                    --Smollett. [1913 Webster]

              Fifty thousand men can not easily steal a march over the sea.                              --Walpole. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: To filch; pilfer; purloin; thieve.
          [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

165 Moby Thesaurus words for "steal":
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