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stealing

[stee-ling] /ˈsti lɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person who steals.
2.
Usually, stealings. something that is stolen.
adjective
3.
given to or characterized by theft.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English steling (gerund). See steal, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
stealingly, adverb

steal

[steel] /stil/
verb (used with object), stole, stolen, stealing.
1.
to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, especially secretly or by force:
A pickpocket stole his watch.
2.
to appropriate (ideas, credit, words, etc.) without right or acknowledgment.
3.
to take, get, or win insidiously, surreptitiously, subtly, or by chance:
He stole my girlfriend.
4.
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.
5.
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.
6.
Games. to gain (a point, advantage, etc.) by strategy, chance, or luck.
7.
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.
8.
to commit or practice theft.
9.
to move, go, or come secretly, quietly, or unobserved:
She stole out of the house at midnight.
10.
to pass, happen, etc., imperceptibly, gently, or gradually:
The years steal by.
11.
Baseball. (of a base runner) to advance a base without the help of a walk or batted ball.
noun
12.
Informal. an act of stealing; theft.
13.
Informal. the thing stolen; booty.
14.
Informal. something acquired at a cost far below its real value; bargain:
This dress is a steal at $40.
15.
Baseball. the act of advancing a base by stealing.
Idioms
16.
steal someone's thunder, to appropriate or use another's idea, plan, words, etc.
Origin
before 900; 1860-65 for def 5; Middle English stelen, Old English stelan; cognate with German stehlen, Old Norse stela, Gothic stilan
Related forms
stealable, adjective
stealer, noun
nonstealable, adjective
outsteal, verb (used with object), outstole, outstolen, outstealing.
Can be confused
burglarize, mug, rip off, rob, steal (see synonym study at rob)
steal, steel, stele.
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  • Some even go as far as stealing theses and dissertations.
  • Even thieves, participants recall with nostalgia, called a moratorium on stealing.
British Dictionary definitions for stealing

steal

/stiːl/
verb steals, stealing, stole, stolen
1.
to take (something) from someone, etc without permission or unlawfully, esp in a secret manner
2.
(transitive) to obtain surreptitiously
3.
(transitive) to appropriate (ideas, etc) without acknowledgment, as in plagiarism
4.
to move or convey stealthily: they stole along the corridor
5.
(intransitive) to pass unnoticed: the hours stole by
6.
(transitive) 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
noun (informal)
10.
the act of stealing
11.
something stolen or acquired easily or at little cost
Word Origin
Old English stelan; related to Old Frisian, Old Norse stela Gothic stilan, German stehlen
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Word Origin and History for stealing

steal

v.

Old English stelan "to commit a theft" (class IV strong verb; past tense stæl, past participle stolen), from Proto-Germanic *stelanan (cf. Old Saxon stelan, Old Norse, Old Frisian stela, Dutch stelen, Old High German stelan, German stehlen, Gothic 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, late 14c.); of glances, sighs, etc., from 1580s. To steal (someone) blind first recorded 1974.

n.

"a bargain," by 1942, American English colloquial, from steal (v.). Baseball sense of "a stolen base" is from 1867.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stealing in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for stealing

steal

noun

A great bargain: I got that for half price, a real steal (1940s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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stealing in the Bible

See THEFT.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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