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Definition of sneak verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sneak
    he / she / it sneaks
    past simple sneaked
    -ing form sneaking
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  1. 1[intransitive] + adv./prep. to go somewhere secretly, trying to avoid being seen synonym creep I sneaked up the stairs. Did you sneak into my room while I was asleep?
  2. 2[transitive] to do something or take someone or something somewhere secretly, often without permission sneak something We sneaked a look at her diary. At last we were able to sneak a moment alone together. sneak something to somebody I managed to sneak a note to him. sneak somebody something I managed to sneak him a note.
  3. 3[transitive] sneak something (informal) to secretly take something small or unimportant synonym pinch I sneaked a cake when they were out of the room.
  4. Phrasal Verbssneak up (on somebody/something)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sneak