Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Law To take property from (a person) illegally by using or threatening to use violence or force; commit robbery upon.
  • transitive v. To take valuable or desired articles unlawfully from: rob a bank.
  • transitive v. To deprive unjustly of something belonging to, desired by, or legally due (someone): robbed her of her professional standing.
  • transitive v. To deprive of something injuriously: a parasite that robs a tree of its sap.
  • transitive v. To take as booty; steal.
  • intransitive v. To engage in or commit robbery.
  • idiom rob (someone) blind To rob in an unusually deceitful or thorough way: robbed the old couple blind while employed as a companion.
  • idiom rob the cradle Informal To have a romantic or sexual relationship with someone significantly younger than oneself.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To steal from, especially using force or violence.
  • v. To deprive (of).
  • v. To burgle.
  • v. To commit robbery.
  • v. To take possession of the ball, puck etc. from

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The inspissated juice of ripe fruit, obtained by evaporation of the juice over a fire till it acquires the consistence of a sirup. It is sometimes mixed with honey or sugar.
  • transitive v. To take (something) away from by force; to strip by stealing; to plunder; to pillage; to steal from.
  • transitive v. To take the property of (any one) from his person, or in his presence, feloniously, and against his will, by violence or by putting him in fear.
  • transitive v. To deprive of, or withhold from, unjustly or injuriously; to defraud
  • intransitive v. To take that which belongs to another, without right or permission, esp. by violence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To steal; take away unlawfully.
  • To plunder or strip by force or violence; strip or deprive of something by stealing; deprive unlawfully; commit robbery upon. See robbery.
  • To deprive.
  • To carry away; ravish.
  • To hinder; prevent.
  • In metal-mining, to remove ore from (a mine) with a view to immediate profit rather than to the permanent safety and development of the property.
  • In coal-mining, to cut away or reduce in size, as the pillars of coal left for the support of the mine.
  • Synonyms and To despoil, fleece. See pillage, n.
  • To commit robbery.
  • n. The inspissated juice of ripe fruit, mixed with honey or sugar to the consistence of a conserve; a conserve of fruit.
  • In spoil-five, when the trump card turned up is an ace, the dealer may rob it by discarding a card from his own hand in its place. If the trump card is not an ace, any player holding the ace of trumps may, when it is his turn to play to the first trick, pass a card to the dealer and receive the turned trump in its place.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. rip off; ask an unreasonable price
  • v. take something away by force or without the consent of the owner

Etymologies

Middle English robben, from Old French rober, of Germanic origin; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English robben, from Anglo-Norman rober, robber, from Old Dutch *rōbōn (compare Dutch roven), from Proto-Germanic *raubōnan (compare English reave). More at reave. (Wiktionary)

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  • (n): (cooking) Fruit juice thickened by evaporation to the consistency of honey.

    January 4, 2009