see also: Rob, ROB
Pronunciation Verb

rob (robs, present participle robbing; past and past participle robbed)

  1. (transitive) To steal from, especially using force or violence.
    He robbed three banks before he was caught.
  2. (transitive) To deprive of, or withhold from, unjustly or injuriously; to defraud.
    The best way to rob a bank is to own one.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene v]:
      I never robbed the soldiers of their pay.
  3. (transitive, figuratively, used with "of") To deprive (of).
    Working all day robs me of any energy to go out in the evening.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter I, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384 ↗:
      Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to "Chat of the Social World," gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl's intelligence. She devoured with more avidity than she had her food those pretentiously phrased chronicles of the snobocracy […] distilling therefrom an acid envy that robbed her napoleon of all its savour.
  4. (transitive, slang) To burgle.
    • 2008, National Public Radio, All Things Considered, Sept 4, 2008
      Her house was robbed.
  5. (transitive, UK, slang) To steal.
    That chav robbed my phone!
  6. (intransitive) To commit robbery.
  7. (sports) To take possession of the ball, puck etc. from.
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rob (uncountable)

  1. The inspissated juice#Noun|juice of ripe fruit, obtained by evaporation of the juice over a fire#Noun|fire until it reaches a syrupy consistency. It is sometimes mixed with honey#Noun|honey or sugar#Noun|sugar.

Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. A male given name.
  2. (rare compared to the pet form) Surname.



  1. (photography) Region of background (in digital images).

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