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grab

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verb \ˈgrab\

Simple Definition of grab

  • : to quickly take and hold (someone or something) with your hand or arms

  • : to take or get (something) in a quick and informal way

  • : to get the attention or interest of (someone or something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of grab

grabbed

grabbing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to take or seize by or as if by a sudden motion or grasp <grab up an ax> <grabbed the opportunity> <grab attention>

  3. 2 :  to obtain unscrupulously <grab public lands>

  4. 3 :  to take hastily <grab a bite to eat> <grab a cab>

  5. 4 a :  to seize the attention of <the technique of grabbing an audience — Pauline Kael> b :  to impress favorably and deeply

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to make a grab

grabber

noun

Examples of grab in a sentence

  1. I have to go back in the house and grab my car keys.

  2. The little boy grabbed onto his mother's leg and wouldn't let go.

  3. I'll grab a taxi and meet you there.

  4. Let's grab a bite to eat before the movie starts.

  5. The store had a lot of nice stuff, but nothing really grabbed me.

  6. The play grabs the audience from the opening scene.

  7. One player in particular has been grabbing a lot of attention lately.



Origin and Etymology of grab

obsolete Dutch or Low German grabben


First Known Use: circa 1581

Synonym Discussion of grab

take, seize, grasp, clutch, snatch, grab mean to get hold of by or as if by catching up with the hand. take is a general term applicable to any manner of getting something into one's possession or control <take some salad from the bowl>. seize implies a sudden and forcible movement in getting hold of something tangible or an apprehending of something fleeting or elusive when intangible <seized the suspect>. grasp stresses a laying hold so as to have firmly in possession <grasp the handle and pull>. clutch suggests avidity or anxiety in seizing or grasping and may imply less success in holding <clutching her purse>. snatch suggests more suddenness or quickness but less force than seize <snatched a doughnut and ran>. grab implies more roughness or rudeness than snatch <grabbed roughly by the arm>.

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grab

adjective

Definition of grab

  1. 1 :  intended to be grabbed <a grab rail>

  2. 2 :  taken at random <grab samples of rocks>



1608

First Known Use of grab

1608


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grab

noun

Simple Definition of grab

  • : a quick attempt to take or get something

  • : the act of taking something in a forceful or illegal way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of grab

  1. 1 a :  something grabbed b :  a sudden snatch c :  an unlawful or unscrupulous seizure

  2. 2 chiefly British a :  a device for clutching an object b :  clamshell 2a

up for grabs

  1. :  available for anyone to take, win, or settle

Examples of grab in a sentence

  1. <a political activist who thinks the government's lease of public lands to logging companies amounts to an illegal land grab>



1777

First Known Use of grab

1777

Rhymes with grab



GRAB Defined for Kids

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grab

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verb \ˈgrab\

Definition of grab for Students

grabbed

grabbing

  1. :  to grasp or seize suddenly




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grab

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noun

Definition of grab for Students

  1. :  a sudden attempt to grasp or seize





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