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steal

verb [I or T] uk   /stiːl/ (stole, stolen) us  

steal verb [I or T] (TAKE)

A2 to take something without the permission or knowledge of the owner and keep it: She admitted stealing the money from her employers. The number of cars which are stolen every year has risen. They were so poor they had to steal in order to eat.
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steal verb [I or T] (DO QUICKLY)

to do something quickly or without being noticed: She stole a glance at her watch. He stole out of the room while no one was looking.

steal

noun [S] uk   /stiːl/ mainly US informal us  
a product that has a very low price, or a price that is much lower than the original cost: I picked up a new iron at the sale - it was a steal.
Translations of “steal”
in Korean 훔치다…
in Arabic يَسْرِق…
in French voler, dérober, aller furtivement…
in Turkish çalmak, aşırmak, yürütmek…
in Italian rubare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 拿, 偷,竊…
in Russian красть…
in Polish kraść, ukraść…
in Spanish robar, lanzar una mirada, retirarse ( habitación…
in Portuguese roubar, furtar…
in German stehlen, verstohlen, sich stehlen…
in Catalan robar…
in Japanese ~を盗む…
in Chinese (Simplified) 拿, 偷,窃…
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