Definitions for: Steal

[n] an advantageous purchase; "she got a bargain at the auction"; "the stock was a real buy at that price"
[v] steal a base, in baseball
[v] move stealthily; "The ship slipped away in the darkness"
[v] to go stealthily or furtively; "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house"
[v] take without the owner's consent; "Someone stole my wallet on the train"; "This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"

Webster (1913) Definition: Steal, n. [See Stale a handle.]
A handle; a stale, or stele. [Archaic or Prov. Eng.]

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

Steal, v. t. [imp. Stole; p. p. Stolen; p. pr. & vb.
n. Stealing.] [OE. stelen, AS. stelan; akin to OFries.
stela, D. stelen, OHG. stelan, G. stehlen, Icel. stela, SW.
stj["a]la, Dan. sti[ae]le, 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.

Maugre thy heed, thou must for indigence Or steal,
or borrow, thy dispense. --Chaucer.

The man who stole a goose and gave away the giblets
in ?lms. --G. Eliot.

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

They could insinuate and steal themselves under the
same by their humble carriage and submission.

He will steal himself into a man's favor. --Shak.

3. To gain by insinuating arts or covert means.

So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
--2 Sam. xv.

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

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

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

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

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.

She yesterday wanted to steal a march of poor Liddy.

Fifty thousand men can not easily steal a march over
the sea. --Walpole.

Syn: To filch; pilfer; purloin; thieve.

Steal, v. i.
1. To practice, or be guilty of, theft; to commit larceny or

Thou shalt not steal. --Ex. xx. 15.

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

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

From whom you now must steal, and take no leave.

A soft and solemn breathing sound Rose like a steam
of rich, distilled perfumes, And stole upon the air.

Synonyms: bargain, buy, creep, mouse, pussyfoot, slip, sneak

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