Steal v. t. [imp. Stole p. p. Stolen p. pr. & vb. n. Stealing.]
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 beg, or borrow, thy dispense. --Chaucer.
The man who stole a goose and gave away the giblets in alms. --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. --Spenser.
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. 6.
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. Watts.
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. --Smollett.
Fifty thousand men can not easily steal a march over the sea. --Walpole.
Syn: -- To filch; pilfer; purloin; thieve.
1. The act of taking feloniously the personal property of another without his consent and knowledge; theft; larceny.
2. That which is stolen; stolen property; -- chiefly used in the plural.
n 1: the act of taking something from someone unlawfully; "the
thieving is awful at Kennedy International" [syn: larceny,
theft, thievery, thieving]
2: avoiding detection by moving carefully [syn: stealth]