What Is Another Way to Say “Steal”?

Looking for synonyms for steal? We’ve got you covered!

Here’s a list of other ways to say steal.

  • Pilfer
  • Swipe
  • Purloin
  • Thieve
  • Filch
  • Snatch
  • Embezzle
  • Lift
  • Misappropriate
  • Pinch
  • Shoplift
  • Heist
  • Rob
  • Plunder
  • Burglarize

Want to learn how to say steal professionally? Keep reading for examples and use cases.

1. Pilfer

Appropriate Use: Refers to stealing things of small value or in small amounts.
Example: “Someone was caught pilfering office supplies.”

2. Swipe

Appropriate Use: Informal; used for quickly or sneakily taking something without permission.
Example: “An employee swiped a few dollars from the petty cash drawer.”

3. Purloin

Appropriate Use: Formal or literary; refers to stealing something.
Example: “Confidential documents were purloined from the director’s desk.”

4. Thieve

Appropriate Use: Used for the act of stealing, often in a continuous or habitual manner.
Example: “Reports suggest an insider has been thieving from the warehouse.”

5. Filch

Appropriate Use: Informal; used for taking something in a sneaky or light-fingered way.
Example: “He was caught filching snacks from the break room.”

6. Snatch

Appropriate Use: Refers to quickly seizing something in a rude or eager way.
Example: “The culprit snatched the smartphone from the table.”

7. Embezzle

Appropriate Use: Used in a legal or business context; refers to the theft of funds placed in one’s trust.
Example: “The accountant was accused of embezzling company funds.”

8. Lift

Appropriate Use: Informal; used for taking something without permission.
Example: “Someone lifted my laptop when I left my office unlocked.”

9. Misappropriate

Appropriate Use: Formal; refers to the dishonest or illegal use of something, typically money, for one’s own use.
Example: “The manager misappropriated the client’s investment funds.”

10. Pinch

Appropriate Use: Informal; used for stealing or taking without permission.
Example: “He was caught pinching a book from the library.”

11. Shoplift

Appropriate Use: Refers specifically to stealing goods from a store.
Example: “The security cameras caught someone trying to shoplift electronics.”

12. Heist

Appropriate Use: Used for a planned robbery or burglary, especially one involving a theft.
Example: “The bank heist was carried out by a well-organized group.”

13. Rob

Appropriate Use: Refers to taking property unlawfully from a person or place by force or threat.
Example: “The intruders robbed the safe of its contents.”

14. Plunder

Appropriate Use: Used in the context of stealing goods, especially during war or civil disorder.
Example: “The historical artifacts were plundered from the museum during the conflict.”

15. Burglarize

Appropriate Use: Specifically refers to entering a building illegally with intent to commit a crime, especially theft.
Example: “The company’s headquarters were burglarized over the weekend.”

Linda Brown