Synonyms of steal in English:


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1‘the raiders stole a fax machine’

purloin, thieve, take, take for oneself, help oneself to, loot, pilfer, abscond with, run off with, appropriate, abstract, carry off, shoplift
embezzle, misappropriate
have one's fingers in the till, have one's hand in the till
informal walk away with, walk off with, run away with, run off with, rob, swipe, nab, rip off, lift, liberate, filch, snaffle, snitch, souvenir
British informal nick, pinch, half-inch, whip, knock off, nobble, bone, scrump, blag
North American informal heist, glom
Australian informal snavel
Australian dated, informal clifty
West Indian informal tief
archaic crib, hook
rare peculate, defalcate
informal walk, go walkies

2‘he alleged that his work was stolen by his tutor’

plagiarize, copy, pass off as one's own, infringe the copyright of, pirate, poach, borrow, appropriate
informal rip off, lift, crib
British informal pinch, nick

3‘she was a beauty, and he'd often wanted to steal a kiss’

snatch, sneak, obtain stealthily, get surreptitiously

4‘he stole out of the room’

creep, sneak, slink, slip, slither, slide, glide, sidle, slope, edge, move furtively, tiptoe, pussyfoot, pad, prowl


1‘New York's biggest art steal’

theft, robbery, raid, ram raid, burglary, larceny, thievery, break-in, hold-up
embezzlement, misappropriation, swindle, fraud
informal snatch, smash-and-grab, smash-and-grab raid, stick-up, mugging, job
British informal pinch, blag
North American informal heist
rare peculation, defalcation

2‘at £30 it's a steal’

bargain, good buy, cheap buy
value for money, good value for money, surprisingly cheap
informal snip, giveaway


    steal away

    ‘she disobeyed a court order and stole away with the children’

    abscond, decamp, make off, run off, run away, flee, bolt, take off, take flight, disappear, vanish, slip away, sneak away, beat a hasty retreat, escape, make a run for it, make one's getaway, leave, depart, make oneself scarce
    informal split, scram, skedaddle, vamoose, skip, cut and run, make tracks, push off, shove off, clear off, hightail it, hotfoot it, show a clean pair of heels, do a bunk, do a runner, do a moonlight flit, do a disappearing act, head for the hills, fly the coop, take French leave, go AWOL
    British informal scarper
    North American informal take a powder, go on the lam, light out, bug out, peel out, cut out
    British informal, dated hook it
    steal the show

    ‘she stole the show from her seasoned co-stars’

    be the centre of attention, get all the attention, attract the most attention, be the focus of attention, be the main attraction, be the outstanding feature, put the others in the shade, be the high point, be the high spot, be the best part, have all eyes on one, be the cynosure
    outshine, put in the shade, upstage, overshadow, eclipse, outclass, dwarf, tower above, tower over, put to shame