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Definition of rob verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

rob

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//rɒb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɑːb//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rob
BrE BrE//rɒb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɑːb//
 
he / she / it robs
BrE BrE//rɒbz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɑːbz//
 
past simple robbed
BrE BrE//rɒbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɑːbd//
 
past participle robbed
BrE BrE//rɒbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɑːbd//
 
-ing form robbing
BrE BrE//ˈrɒbɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɑːbɪŋ//
 
Committing crime
 
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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. CollocationsCrimeCommitting a crime commit a crime/​a murder/​a violent assault/​a brutal killing/​an armed robbery/​fraud be involved in terrorism/​a suspected arson attack/​people smuggling/​human trafficking engage/​participate in criminal activity/​illegal practices/​acts of mindless vandalism steal somebody’s wallet/​purse/(British English) mobile phone/(North American English) cell phone rob a bank/​a person/​a tourist break into/ (British English) burgle/ (North American English) burglarize a house/​a home/​an apartment hijack a plane/​ship/​bus smuggle drugs/​weapons/​arms/​immigrants launder drug money (through something) forge documents/​certificates/​passports take/​accept/​pay somebody/​offer (somebody) a bribe run a phishing/​an email/​an Internet scamFighting crime combat/​fight crime/​terrorism/​corruption/​drug trafficking prevent/​stop credit-card fraud/​child abuse/​software piracy deter/​stop criminals/​burglars/​thieves/​shoplifters/​vandals reduce/​tackle/​crack down on knife/​gun/​violent/​street crime; (especially British English) antisocial behaviour foil a bank raid/​a terrorist plot help/​support/​protect the victims of crimeInvestigating crime report a crime/​a theft/​a rape/​an attack/(especially British English) an incident to the police witness the crime/​attack/​murder/​incident investigate a murder/(especially North American English) a homicide/​a burglary/​a robbery/​the alleged incident conduct/​launch/​pursue an investigation (into…); (especially British English) a police/​murder inquiry investigate/​reopen a criminal/​murder case examine/​investigate/​find fingerprints at the crime scene/​the scene of crime collect/​gather forensic evidence uncover 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 See related entries: Committing crime
  • Word Origin Middle English: from Old French rober, of Germanic origin.Extra examples The tourists were robbed of their bags. planning to rob a bank An armed gang robbed a bank in Main Street last night. He was accused of robbing the company’s pension funds. In the 19th century doctors robbed graves to obtain cadavers for medical training purposes. The tomb had been robbed of all its treasures.Idioms (informal) to cheat or trick somebody 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. (North American English, informal) to have a sexual relationship with a much younger person (saying) 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 of something
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