dérober

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From dé- + Old French rober (steal), from Proto-Germanic *raubōną.

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dérober

  1. (transitive) to conceal, screen, shield (à from)
  2. (transitive) to steal (à from)
  3. (transitive, literary) to turn away (one's head, gaze etc.)
  4. (reflexive) to shirk, shy away (à from)
  5. (reflexive) to hide (oneself)
  6. (reflexive) to slip away (free oneself)
  7. (reflexive) to give way (collapse)
    • 1831, Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris, IX.1:
      Ses genoux se dérobèrent sous lui, et il s'affaissa sur le pavé [...]. [His knees gave way under him, and he collapsed onto the stone floor.]
  8. (reflexive, horseriding) to refuse

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