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rob

 (rŏb)
v. robbed, rob·bing, robs
v.tr.
1.
a. Law To take property from (a person) illegally by using or threatening to use violence or force; commit robbery upon.
b. To steal something from (a place, vehicle, or institution, for example): Bandits robbed the train.
c. To steal (money or valuables): robbed money out of the till.
2.
a. To deprive unjustly of something belonging to, desired by, or legally due (someone): robbed her of her professional standing.
b. To deprive of something injuriously: a parasite that robs a tree of its sap.
v.intr.
To engage in or commit robbery.
Idioms:
rob Peter to pay Paul
To incur a debt in order to pay off another debt.
rob (someone) blind
To rob in an unusually deceitful or thorough way: robbed the old couple blind while employed as a companion.
rob the cradle Informal
To have a romantic or sexual relationship with someone significantly younger than oneself.

[Middle English robben, from Old French rober, of Germanic origin; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

rob′ber n.
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rob

(rɒb)
vb, robs, robbing or robbed
1. (tr) to take something from (someone) illegally, as by force or threat of violence
2. to plunder (a house, shop, etc)
3. (tr) to deprive unjustly: to be robbed of an opportunity.
[C13: from Old French rober, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German roubōn to rob]
ˈrobber n
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rob

(rɒb)

v. robbed, rob•bing. v.t.
1. to take something from (someone) by unlawful force or threat of violence; steal from.
2. to deprive of some right or something legally due: They robbed her of her inheritance.
3. to plunder or rifle (a house, shop, etc.).
4. to deprive of something unjustly or injuriously: The shock robbed him of speech.
v.i.
5. to commit or practice robbery.
[1175–1225; Middle English robben < Old French robber < Germanic; compare Old High German roubōn. See reave1]
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rob

  • bribe - From Old French, it was originally a piece of bread given to beggars; the original sense of bribe is "extort, rob."
  • clip joint - Based on clip, meaning "swindle, rob."
  • pilfer - Originally, pilfering was a serious matter, synonymous with plundering, but it came to mean "stealing small things"; its source was Anglo-Norman pelfrer, "plunder, rob."
  • plunder - Etymologically, it means "rob of household goods," from Dutch plunde/plunne, "household goods."
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rob

steal
1. 'rob'

The verb rob is often used in stories and newspaper reports.

If someone takes something that belongs to you without intending to return it, you can say that they rob you of it.

Pirates boarded the ships and robbed the crew of money and valuables.
The two men were robbed of more than £700.

If something that belongs to you has been stolen, you can say that you have been robbed.

He was robbed on his way home.

If someone takes several things from a building without intending to return them, you say that they rob the building.

He told the police he robbed the bank to buy a car.
2. 'steal'

When someone takes something without intending to return it, you do not say that they 'rob' it. You say that they steal it.

His first offence was stealing a car.
See steal
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rob


Past participle: robbed
Gerund: robbing

Imperative
rob
rob
Present
I rob
you rob
he/she/it robs
we rob
you rob
they rob
Preterite
I robbed
you robbed
he/she/it robbed
we robbed
you robbed
they robbed
Present Continuous
I am robbing
you are robbing
he/she/it is robbing
we are robbing
you are robbing
they are robbing
Present Perfect
I have robbed
you have robbed
he/she/it has robbed
we have robbed
you have robbed
they have robbed
Past Continuous
I was robbing
you were robbing
he/she/it was robbing
we were robbing
you were robbing
they were robbing
Past Perfect
I had robbed
you had robbed
he/she/it had robbed
we had robbed
you had robbed
they had robbed
Future
I will rob
you will rob
he/she/it will rob
we will rob
you will rob
they will rob
Future Perfect
I will have robbed
you will have robbed
he/she/it will have robbed
we will have robbed
you will have robbed
they will have robbed
Future Continuous
I will be robbing
you will be robbing
he/she/it will be robbing
we will be robbing
you will be robbing
they will be robbing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been robbing
you have been robbing
he/she/it has been robbing
we have been robbing
you have been robbing
they have been robbing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been robbing
you will have been robbing
he/she/it will have been robbing
we will have been robbing
you will have been robbing
they will have been robbing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been robbing
you had been robbing
he/she/it had been robbing
we had been robbing
you had been robbing
they had been robbing
Conditional
I would rob
you would rob
he/she/it would rob
we would rob
you would rob
they would rob
Past Conditional
I would have robbed
you would have robbed
he/she/it would have robbed
we would have robbed
you would have robbed
they would have robbed
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.rob - take something away by force or without the consent of the owner; "The burglars robbed him of all his money"
stick up, hold up - rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat
pick - pilfer or rob; "pick pockets"
steal - take without the owner's consent; "Someone stole my wallet on the train"; "This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"
2.rob - rip off; ask an unreasonable price
extort, gouge, wring, rack, squeeze - obtain by coercion or intimidation; "They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss"; "They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him"
cheat, rip off, chisel - deprive somebody of something by deceit; "The con-man beat me out of $50"; "This salesman ripped us off!"; "we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme"; "They chiseled me out of my money"
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rob

verb
1. steal from, hold up, rifle, mug (informal), stiff (slang) Police said he had robbed a man hours earlier.
2. raid, hold up, break into, sack, loot, plunder, burgle, ransack, pillage A man who tried to rob a bank was sentenced yesterday.
3. dispossess, con (informal), rip off, skin (slang), cheat (slang), defraud, swindle, despoil, gyp (slang) I was robbed by a used-car dealer.
4. deprive, deny, strip, divest, do out of (informal) I can't forgive him for robbing me of an Olympic gold.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

rob

verb
1. To take property or possessions from (a person or company, for example) unlawfully and usually forcibly:
Slang: heist, knock off.
2. To take or keep something away from:
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Translations
يَحْرِم، يَسْلُبيَسْلُبُيَسْلُب، يَنْهَب
okrástvyloupitzbavit
røvefratage
ryöstää
opljačkati
kirabol
rænasvipta
奪う
빼앗다
atimti
aplaupītatņemtlaupīt
okradnúť
ropati
råna
ปล้น
soymakyoksun bırakmak
cướp

rob

[rɒb] VTrobar; [+ bank etc] → atracar
to rob sb of sth [+ money etc] → robar algo a algn (fig) [+ happiness etc] → quitar algo a algn
I've been robbed!¡me han robado!
we were robbed! (Sport) → ¡nos robaron el partido!
see also Peter
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

rob

[ˈrɒb] vt
[+ person] → voler
I've been robbed → On m'a volé.
to rob sb of sth [+ wallet, money, purse] → voler qch à qn
He was robbed of his wallet → On lui a volé son portefeuille.
[+ bank] → dévaliser
(= deprive) to rob sb of sth [+ first place, gold medal, victory, future, right] → priver qn de qch
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

rob

vt personbestehlen; (more seriously) → berauben; shop, bankausrauben; orchardplündern; to rob somebody of something (lit, fig)jdn einer Sache (gen)berauben (geh), → jdm etw rauben; (lit also)jdm etw stehlen; I’ve been robbed!ich bin bestohlen worden!; (= had to pay too much)ich bin geneppt worden (inf); to rob the till (Brit) → die Ladenkasse ausräumen or plündern; he was robbed of the pleasure of seeing heres war ihm nicht vergönnt, sie zu sehen; the shock robbed him of speecher hat vor Schreck die Stimme verloren; (briefly also) → der Schreck hat ihm die Sprache verschlagen; our team was robbed (inf)das ist nicht fair(, wir hätten gewinnen müssen)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

rob

[rɒb] vt (person) → derubare; (with weapon) → rapinare; (till, bank) → svaligiare
to rob sb of sth (money) → derubare qn di qc (fig) (happiness, right) → privare qn di qc
I've been robbed! → mi hanno derubato!
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

rob

(rob) past tense, past participle robbed verb
1. to steal from (a person, place etc). He robbed a bank / an old lady; I've been robbed!
2. (with of) to take (something) away from; to deprive of. An accident robbed him of his sight at the age of 21.
ˈrobber noun
The bank robbers got away with nearly $50,000.
ˈrobberyplural ˈrobberies noun
the act of robbing. Robbery is a serious crime; He was charged with four robberies.

to rob a bank or a person; to steal a watch, pencil, money etc.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

rob

يَسْلُبُ okrást røve berauben κλέβω atracar ryöstää dévaliser opljačkati derubare 奪う 빼앗다 beroven rane obrabować roubar грабить råna ปล้น soymak cướp 抢夺
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009
References in periodicals archive ?
They won't be able to afford to stay in a hotel and will have to rob Peter to pay Paul to get a ticket.
'We cannot continue to rob Peter to pay Paul. The government should take care of the areas where the oil is coming from.
He measured up his dupes in their chambers and paid the deposits into his bank accounts but admitted he was essentially "trying to rob Peter to pay Paul".
He said he noted while he may have got into financial difficulties and was "trying to rob Peter to pay Paul".
He isn't sure what happened to cause Smiley's financial world to fall apart but wonders if it was a simple case of living beyond his means, which eventually led his friend to rob Peter to pay Paul.
Nick Kindon, spokesman for Bibby, said: "Over and above the need to clean up their act with the Late Payment Directive on the horizon, taking a 'rob Peter to pay Paul' approach to late payment is not good business practice when it comes to managing cash flow.
A second, of Hinckley, Leics, said: "No one wants to live on credit but the reality is you often have to rob Peter to pay Paul.
Someone once said that if you propose to rob Peter to pay Paul the masses will always vote for Paul and the trade unions are capitalising on this theory.
I believe the phrase is along the lines of 'Rob Peter to pay Paul'.
"He's got a high pain threshold but he's suffered a lot this season." Without a ready-made replacement to call on, Wilson must now rob Peter to pay Paul when he decides the make-up of his lines.
It seemed that in order to finance their beautiful home, they had to "rob Peter to pay Paul." They depleted their 401 (k) to pay for their wedding and the wife has $25,000 in student loans and together they have a combined total of $12,800 in credit card and personal debt.
"But if you rob Peter to pay Paul for those schools, it's not going to be well done and it reduces the likelihood of success."