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06 / 05 / 2004

STEALING IN ENGLISH: meaning and examples

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There are many words to express the idea of steal in English.

Steal means: to take something that belongs to someone else without permission.

Consider the following verbs with similar meanings:

To rob means: to take money or property illegally from a person or place, often using threats of force or violence.

To mug means: to attack a person and steal from them, usually in a public place or on the street.

To burglarise means: to illegally enter into a house or a building to steal things.

To shoplift means: to steal things from a store.

To break into means: to illegally enter someone's property (house, car, etc.).

All of these words are synonyms of steal, but each one is used in a specific situation.

Example 1
The criminals robbed the bank and escaped in a black car.

Example 2
My mother-in-law was mugged on the street yesterday; they took her purse, watch and rings.

Example 3
Our neighbour's house was burglarised last week.

Example 4
When I was 8 years old, I was caught shoplifting in a supermarket. My parents were very angry.

Example 5
I'm very upset! Last night some thieves broke into my car and took the stereo.

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