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  Dictionary Definition of steal

verb, stole, stolen, stealing, noun

-- verb (t)
1. to take or take away dishonestly or wrongfully, especially secretly.
2. to appropriate (ideas, credit, words, etc.) without right or acknowledgment.
3. to take, get, or win by insidious, surreptitious, or subtle means: to steal a nap during a sermon.
4. to move, bring, convey, or put ( away, from, in, into, etc.) secretly or quietly.
5. (in various games) to gain (a point, etc.) by strategy, by chance, or by luck.
6. to obtain more than one's share; appropriate entirely to oneself: the new baby stole everybody's attention.
-- verb (i)
7. to commit or practise theft.
8. to move, go, or come secretly, quietly, or unobserved.
9. to pass, come, spread, etc., imperceptibly, gently or gradually: the years steal by.
-- noun
10. Colloquial something acquired at very little cost or at a cost well below its true value.
-- phrase
11. steal a march on, to obtain an advantage over, especially by surreptitious means.
12. steal someone's thunder, to appropriate or use another's idea, plan, etc.
13. steal the show, to outshine other performers and achieve popular success, as an actor in a play, etc.
[ME stele ( n ), OE stelan, G stehlen, Icel. stela ]
-- stealer, noun