verb (used with object), stole, stolen, stealing.
to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, especially secretly or by force: A pickpocket stole his watch.
to appropriate (ideas, credit, words, etc.) without right or acknowledgment.
to take, get, or win insidiously, surreptitiously, subtly, or by chance: He stole my girlfriend.
to move, bring, convey, or put secretly or quietly; smuggle (usually followed by away, from, in, into, etc.): They stole the bicycle into the bedroom to surprise the child.
Baseball. (of a base runner) to gain (a base) without the help of a walk or batted ball, as by running to it during the delivery of a pitch.
Games. to gain (a point, advantage, etc.) by strategy, chance, or luck.
to gain or seize more than one's share of attention in, as by giving a superior performance: The comedian stole the show.
verb (used without object), stole, stolen, stealing.
to commit or practice theft.
to move, go, or come secretly, quietly, or unobserved: She stole out of the house at midnight.
to pass, happen, etc., imperceptibly, gently, or gradually: The years steal by.
Baseball. (of a base runner) to advance a base without the help of a walk or batted ball.
Informal. an act of stealing; theft.
Informal. the thing stolen; booty.
Informal. something acquired at a cost far below its real value; bargain: This dress is a steal at $40.
Baseball. the act of advancing a base by stealing.
steal someone's thunder, to appropriate or use another's idea, plan, words, etc.

before 900; 1860–65 for def 5; Middle English stelen, Old English stelan; cognate with German stehlen, Old Norse stela, Gothic stilan

stealable, adjective
stealer, noun
nonstealable, adjective
outsteal, verb (used with object), outstole, outstolen, outstealing.

1. burglarize, mug, rip off, rob, steal (see synonym study at rob) ; 2. steal, steel, stele. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
steal (stiːl)
vb , steals, stealing, stole, stolen
1.  to take (something) from someone, etc without permission or unlawfully, esp in a secret manner
2.  (tr) to obtain surreptitiously
3.  (tr) to appropriate (ideas, etc) without acknowledgment, as in plagiarism
4.  to move or convey stealthily: they stole along the corridor
5.  (intr) to pass unnoticed: the hours stole by
6.  (tr) to win or gain by strategy or luck, as in various sports: to steal a few yards
7.  steal a march on to obtain an advantage over, esp by a secret or underhand measure
8.  steal someone's thunder to detract from the attention due to another by forestalling him
9.  steal the show to be looked upon as the most interesting, popular, etc, esp unexpectedly
10.  the act of stealing
11.  something stolen or acquired easily or at little cost
[Old English stelan; related to Old Frisian, Old Norse stela Gothic stilan, German stehlen]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. stelan "to commit a theft" (class IV strong verb; past tense stæl, pp. stolen), from P.Gmc. *stelanan (cf. O.S. stelan, O.N., O.Fris. stela, Du. stelen, O.H.G. stelan, Ger. stehlen, Goth. stilan), of unknown origin. Most IE words for steal have roots in notions of "hide," "carry off," or "collect,
heap up." Attested as a verb of stealthy motion from c.1300 (e.g. to steal away, c.1369); of glances, sighs, etc., from 1586. The noun meaning "a bargain" is Amer.Eng. colloquial attested by 1942; baseball sense of "a stolen base" is from 1867. To steal (someone) blind first recorded 1974.
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Medical Dictionary

steal (stēl)
The diversion of blood flow from its normal course.

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Example sentences
Sooner or later, an unknown startup or a true maverick will sneak up behind
  these squabbling old timers and steal the pot of gold.
Economic freedom leads to peace, and governments are using mythical climate
  change to try to steal more of our freedom.
They began to rewrite history, steal from others, and it worked.
Steal this hotel room's romantic look with inexpensive red sheer fabric hung
  above the bed.
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