Have you ever got stuck on the correct past tense of the word steal in English grammar? This article will explain the conjugations of the word steal and also define steal and give you all the information you need about the word to master it in the English language.
What Is the Definition of the Word Steal?
The English verb steal is defined as:
- to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, especially secretly or by force:
- A pickpocket stole his watch.
- to appropriate (ideas, credit, words, etc.) without right or acknowledgment.
- to take, get, or win insidiously, surreptitiously, subtly, or by chance:
- He stole my girlfriend.
- to move, bring, convey, or put secretly or quietly; smuggle (usually followed by away, from, in, into, etc.):
- They stole the bicycle into the bedroom to surprise the child.
- Baseball. (of a base runner) to gain (a base) without the help of a walk or batted ball, as by running to it during the delivery of a pitch.
- Games. to gain (a point, advantage, etc.) by strategy, chance, or luck.
- to gain or seize more than one’s share of attention in, as by giving a superior performance:
- The comedian stole the show.
- to commit or practice theft.
- to move, go, or come secretly, quietly, or unobserved:
- She stole out of the house at midnight.
- to pass, happen, etc., imperceptibly, gently, or gradually:
- The years steal by.
- Baseball. (of a base runner) to advance a base without the help of a walk or batted ball.
- Informal. an act of stealing; theft.
- Informal. the thing stolen; booty.
- Informal. something acquired at a cost far below its real value; bargain:
- This dress is a steal at $40.
- Baseball. the act of advancing a base by stealing.
Synonyms of the Word
- Pilfer – to steal, especially in small quantities
- Kidnap – to steal, carry off, or abduct by force or fraud, especially for use as a hostage or to extract ransom
- Swipe – informal: to steal
- Remove – to take off or shed
- Plunder – to rob of goods
- Take – to get into one’s holds or possession by voluntary action
- Embezzle – to appropriate fraudulently to one’s own use, as money or property entrusted to one’s care.
What Is the Past Tense of Steal?
The past tense of the word steal is stole.
An example of present and past tense:
Present – A robber steals from innocent people.
Past – A pickpocket stole my phone as we were walking the busy streets of Barcelona.
How Do You Conjugate Steal?
Here are some verb conjugations of the word steal including the past tense verb forms:
Infinitive: to steal
Past participle: stolen
Present participle/gerund: stealing
|Simple Present Tense||Simple Past Tense||Future Tense|
|I steal||stole||Am stealing|
|You steal||stole||Are stealing|
|He/she/it steals||stole||Is stealing|
|We steal||stole||Are stealing|
|They steal||stole||Are stealing|
The History and Origin of the Word
The word steal has been used since at least the year 900 A.D. In Middle English it was spelled stelen and in Old English it was spelled stelan.
Examples of the Word in Context
- In “Steal This Episode,” the filmmaker denounces Homer Simpson as an “enemy of art.”
- HERE’S THE LOST JUDD APATOW ‘SIMPSONS’ EPISODE, PENNED BY JUDD APATOW|ASAWIN SUEBSAENG|JANUARY 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
- When they steal things, they want to get all the bonus points.
- THE INSANE $11 BILLION SCAM AT RETAILERS’ RETURN DESKS|M.L. NESTEL|DECEMBER 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
- Watch your back Liam Neeson, here comes Kevin Costner to steal your older-leading-man thunder!
- THE BIGGEST BOMBS OF 2014: ‘SEX TAPE,’ MARIAH CAREY’S VOCALS, ‘HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER’ AND MORE|KEVIN FALLON|DECEMBER 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
- Murderers tweet in Mexico; a history of Kansas City and did Picasso try to steal the Mona Lisa?
- 7 MUST-READ STORIES ABOUT MEXICAN CARTELS, KANSAS CITY AND PICASSO: THE BEST OF THE BEAST|WILLIAM BOOT|OCTOBER 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
- And I am able to steal back what was stolen from me as a child.
- NPR’S SMOOTH-TALKING MILLENNIAL WHISPERER|BATYA UNGAR-SARGON|OCTOBER 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
- After he became used to the dark again he ventured to steal along the wall to the window and peeped in.
- THE LONE STAR RANGER|ZANE GREY
- Is there any one about to steal the staircase of the Louvre, or the clock from the pavilion of the Tuileries?
- TOM BURKE OF “OURS”, VOLUME I (OF II)|CHARLES JAMES LEVER
- Why should it be culpable to steal from a resident, and laudable to do the same thing with a stranger?
- He wanted no ray of light to steal out into the growing darkness and make a target.
- THE STRENGTH OF THE PINES|EDISON MARSHALL
- Cautiously I get up; I am on all fours, like a cat; and I steal out into the yard.
- JEWISH CHILDREN|SHOLEM NAUMOVICH RABINOVICH
Next time you need to write the word steal, you will be well prepared for everything you need to know what it is and how to use it efficiently. You should feel confident with the different conjugations, the history of the word, and the definition whether you’re using it in American English or British English.