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nab

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verb \ˈnab\

Simple Definition of nab

  • : to catch and stop or arrest (someone)

  • : to take or get (something) quickly and often in a way that is clever or rude

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of nab

nabbednabbing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to catch or seize in arrest :  apprehend

  3. 2 :  to seize suddenly

Examples of nab in a sentence

  1. We nabbed seats in the front row of the theater.

  2. <the officer nabbed the purse snatcher before he could escape>



Origin of nab

perhaps alteration of English dialect nap


First Known Use: 1686

Rhymes with nab


NAB Defined for Kids

nab

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verb \ˈnab\

Definition of nab for Students

nabbednabbing

  1. :  1arrest 1





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