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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French desrober, from Old French desrober, from des- +‎ rober (to steal), from Frankish *roubōn, *raubōn, from Proto-Germanic *raubōną (to rob; steal).

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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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