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nab

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of nab

  1. 1 to take or keep under one's control by authority of law <the officer nabbed the purse snatcher before he could escape> Synonyms apprehend, bust [slang], collar, arrest, nail, nick [British slang], pick up, pinch, pull in, restrain, run in, seizeRelated Words bag, capture, catch, get, grab, grapple, hook, land, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap; commit, confine, detain, hold, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, jug, lock (up); bind, enchain, fetter, handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; rearrest; remandNear Antonyms emancipate, free, liberate, loose, loosen, release, spring; unbind, unchainAntonyms discharge

  2. 2 to take physical control or possession of (something) suddenly or forcibly <a pickpocket nabbed my wallet> Synonyms bag, capture, collar, cop [slang], corral, get, glom, grab, grapple, hook, land, catch, nail, net, nobble [British slang], rap, seize, snag, snap (up), snare, snatch, trapRelated Words glove, halter, lasso, rope; apprehend, arrest, detain; bay, corner; clasp, clutch, fasten (on), fist, grasp, grip, hold, latch (on or onto), secure; rend, wrest; enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, entangle, entrap, mesh; abduct, kidnap, spirit (away or off)Near Antonyms discharge, free, liberate, release; drop, loosen, unhandAntonyms miss




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