grab

verb
\ˈgrab \
grabbed; grabbing

Definition of grab 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to take or seize by or as if by a sudden motion or grasp grab up an ax grabbed the opportunity grab attention

2 : to obtain without consideration of what is right or wrong grab public lands

3 : to take hastily grab a bite to eat grab a cab

4a : to seize the attention of the technique of grabbing an audience— Pauline Kael

b : to impress favorably and deeply

intransitive verb

: to make a sudden snatch

grab

adjective

Definition of grab (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : intended to be taken, seized, or grasped suddenly a grab rail

2 : taken at random grab samples of rocks

grab

noun

Definition of grab (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : something taken, seized, or grasped suddenly

b : a sudden snatch

c : an unlawful or unethical seizure a grab for power

2 chiefly British

a : a device for clutching an object

b : clamshell sense 2a

up for grabs

: available for anyone to take, win, or settle A lot of voters are still up for grabs.

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Other Words from grab

Verb

grabber noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for grab

Synonyms: Verb

bag, capture, catch, collar, cop [slang], corral, get, glom, grapple, hook, land, nab, nail, net, rap, seize, snag, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap

Synonyms: Noun

heist, pinch, rip-off, snatching, swiping, theft

Antonyms: Verb

miss

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Verb

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

Examples of grab in a Sentence

Verb

I have to go back in the house and grab my car keys. The little boy grabbed onto his mother's leg and wouldn't let go. I'll grab a taxi and meet you there. Let's grab a bite to eat before the movie starts. The store had a lot of nice stuff, but nothing really grabbed me. The play grabs the audience from the opening scene. One player in particular has been grabbing a lot of attention lately.

Noun

a political activist who thinks the government's lease of public lands to logging companies amounts to an illegal land grab
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Champions — Scott Parel grabbed a one-stroke lead in the Constellation Senior Players Championship, shooting a 6-under 66 in the second round to reach 11 under at Highland Park, Ill.. BostonGlobe.com, "Robert Rock takes two-shot lead at Scottish Open," 14 July 2018 All will feature grab-and-go service rather than the traditional dining format, which Holland’s flagship Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland used. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "SF restaurants struggle for balance in prices, service as wage hike arrives," 29 June 2018 Take a deep breath, grab your watering can, and get ready to learn. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "How To Keep A Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Alive Without Losing Your Mind," 22 June 2018 Most entrees are under $20, and sandwiches, in the $10-12 range (with an $11 grab-and-go option), make for an affordable lunch. Kate Washington, sacbee, "It’s good to be back: Celestin’s revives its particular brand of gumbo and grace," 22 June 2018 Students who appeared timid as they brainstormed, rushed to the 6-feet-by-12-feet wooden fence panel, grabbed spray cans and filled the blank space with color. Erika Pesantes, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Manuel Oliver, father of slain Stoneman Douglas student, uses art to help his son's peers heal," 21 June 2018 Our nation’s handy grab-and-go options tend to be tightly packed disappointments of iceberg or romaine leaves, tossed with some dry chicken cubes, and paired with packets of goopy balsamic dressing. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "How to Make Your Store-Bought Lunch Salad a Little Less Depressing," 19 June 2018 While that could take decades, the landscape already is changing as ride-sharing networks grab more business. Leslie Scism, WSJ, "Grabbing an Uber? Now You Can Buy Your Own Insurance for the Ride," 14 June 2018 After Lake Central scored two runs in the sixth to grab a 2-1 lead, Decatur Central answered with four in the bottom of the inning. Michael Osipoff, Post-Tribune, "Thanks for the memories: Lake Central softball seniors bow out with state runner-up finish," 10 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are grab handles above all doors but with just one coat hook above the left rear door. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Honda Accord 2.0T: Near perfect, in an imperfect world," 1 June 2018 Even the second-row grab-handles in the roof have nice little bits of chrome on the end. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "These 10 new cars and trucks have the best interiors," 27 May 2018 Creature comforts The cabin is beautifully laid out with tasty design touches like a grab handle for the front passenger that's integrated into the luxurious center console. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Stunning LEXUS LC 500H Grand Tourer pushes the envelope," 23 Feb. 2018 Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri Okwuegbunam tied Fant for the national lead among tight ends with 11 touchdown grabs, and did so as a freshman in a conference not always friendly to inexperienced skill players. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The 10 best tight ends in college football," 13 July 2018 Two southeast Houston businesses were damaged in smash-and-grabs just blocks apart on Tuesday morning. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Two businesses on Wayside struck within half-hour in attempted smash-and-grabs," 10 July 2018 An update to Tesla’s owners manual allows drivers to limit the car’s speed between 50 mph and 90 mph, according to screen grabs posted on the website https://electrek.co. Victoria Ballard, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Tesla's new speed control feature dedicated to Fort Lauderdale teen," 1 July 2018 Lance Wilhoite, wide receiver Wilhoite is from Nashville, Tenn., and is a Tennessee target but is up for grabs more than the first two on this list. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "These 5 recruiting battles that could transform Louisville’s 2019 class," 25 June 2018 Published screen grabs showed Garrett Yrigoyen liking Instagram posts that mocked undocumented immigrants, the trans community, liberal feminists and Parkland, Fla., student David Hogg, among other things. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Bachelor' Franchise Controversies: A Timeline of Bad Behavior and Scandal," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of grab

Verb

circa 1581, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for grab

Verb

obsolete Dutch or Low German grabben

Adjective

see grab entry 1

Noun

see grab entry 1

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20 Oct 2018

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More Definitions for grab

grab

verb

English Language Learners Definition of grab

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

grab

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grab (Entry 2 of 2)

: a quick attempt to take or get something

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

grab

verb
\ˈgrab \
grabbed; grabbing

Kids Definition of grab

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to grasp or seize suddenly

grab

noun

Kids Definition of grab (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sudden attempt to grasp or seize

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