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Definition of rob verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rob
he / she / it robs
past simple robbed
-ing form robbing
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  •  rob somebody/something (of something) to steal money or property from a person or place to rob a bank The tomb had been robbed of its treasures. The gang had robbed and killed the drugstore owner. Topic CollocationsCrimecommitting a crime commit a crime/a murder/a violent assault/a brutal killing/an armed robbery/fraud/perjury be involved in terrorism/a suspected arson attack/human smuggling/human trafficking engage/participate in criminal activity/illegal practices/acts of mindless vandalism steal somebody's wallet/purse/watch/cell phone rob a bank/a person/a tourist break into/burglarize a house/a home/an apartment/an office hijack a plane/ship/bus smuggle drugs/weapons/arms/people/immigrants launder (drug) money (through something) forge documents/certificates/passports take/accept/pay somebody/offer (somebody) a bribe run a phishing scam/an e-mail scam/an Internet scamfighting crime combat/fight crime/terrorism/drug trafficking/corruption prevent/stop credit-card fraud/child abuse/software piracy deter/stop criminals/burglars/thieves/shoplifters/vandals reduce/tackle/crack down on gun/violent/street/property crime foil a bank robbery/a terrorist plot help/support/protect the victims of crimeinvestigating crime report a crime/a theft/a rape/an attack/an incident to the police witness a crime/an attack/a murder/an incident investigate a murder/a homicide/a burglary/a robbery/the alleged incident conduct/launch/pursue/open an investigation (into…) investigate/reopen a criminal/murder case examine/investigate/find fingerprints at the crime scene/the scene of crime collect/gather forensic evidence/physical evidence uncover/discover new evidence/a fraud/a scam/a plot/a conspiracy/political corruption/a cache of weapons describe/identify a suspect/the culprit/the perpetrator/the assailant/the attacker question/interrogate a suspect/witness solve/crack the case ⇨ more collocations at justice
  • Idioms
    rob somebody blind (informal)
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    to cheat or trick someone so that they lose a lot of money You can't trust them. They'll rob you blind as soon as your back is turned.
    rob the cradle (informal)
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    to have a sexual relationship with a much younger person
    rob Peter to pay Paul (saying)
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    to borrow money from one person to pay back what you owe to another person; to take money from one thing to use for something else
    Phrasal Verbsrob somebody/something of something
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: rob