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(1)   A stolen base; an instance in which a base runner advances safely during the delivery of a pitch (without the help of a hit or walk or passed ball or wild pitch)
(2)   An advantageous purchase
"She got a bargain at the auction"
"The stock was a real buy at that price"


(3)   Steal a base
(4)   Move stealthily
"The ship slipped away in the darkness"
(5)   Take without the owner's consent
"Someone stole my wallet on the train"
"This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"


  1. To illegally, or without the owner's permission, take possession of something by surreptitiously taking or carrying it away.
    The government agents stole my money.
    Three irreplaceable paintings were stolen from the gallery.
  2. To get or effect surreptitiously or artfully.
  3. To acquire at a low price.
    He stole the car for two thousand less than its book value.
  4. To draw attention unexpectedly in (an entertainment), especially by being the outstanding performer.
  5. To move silently or secretly.
    He stole across the room, trying not to wake her.
  6. To advance safely to (another base) during the delivery of a pitch, without the aid of a hit, walk, passed ball, wild pitch, or defensive indifference.


flog, half-inch, knock off, jack, lift, nick, pinch, pocket, rob, thieve, confiscate, convert
  • See also Wikisaurus:steal

See also

  • burglarize
  • burgle
  • confiscate
  • pickpocket
  • pilfer
  • steal away


  1. The act of stealing.
  2. A piece of merchandise available at a very attractive price.
    At this price, this car is a steal.
  3. A situation in which a defensive player actively takes possession of the ball or puck from the opponent's team.
  4. A stolen base.
  5. Scoring in an end without the hammer.
  6. A policy in database systems that a database follows which allows a transaction to be written on nonvolatile storage before its commit occurs