\ ˈgrab How to pronounce grab (audio) \
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 take hastily grab a bite to eat grab a cab
3a : to seize the attention of the technique of grabbing an audience— Pauline Kael
b : to impress favorably and deeply
4 : to obtain without consideration of what is right or wrong grab public lands

intransitive verb

: to make a sudden snatch



Definition of grab (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a sudden snatch
b : an unlawful or unethical seizure a grab for power
c : something taken, seized, or grasped suddenly
2 chiefly British
a : a device for clutching an object
up for grabs
: available for anyone to take, win, or settle A lot of voters are still up for grabs.



Definition of grab (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : intended to be taken, seized, or grasped suddenly a grab rail
2 : taken at random grab samples of rocks

Other Words from grab


grabber noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for grab

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Round, gold mirrors add a midcentury element and complement the finish on the faucet, hardware, and grab bars. Grace Gallagher, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 Click here to score Caesars promo code CLEFULL for a $1,250 first bet on Monday Night Football and continue to grab some of the best overall specials available anywhere. Bob Wankel | Xl Media, cleveland, 19 Sep. 2022 The previous night, Alan Mardonovich of Momofuku plated crispy eggplant and duck breast with crispy rice for festivalgoers lucky enough to grab a ticket. Melinda Sheckells, Billboard, 19 Sep. 2022 The opening odds are a great opportunity to grab Las Vegas at nearly even odds on the moneyline, giving the best bang for your buck. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 19 Sep. 2022 Anyone uninterested in the flick could break a rack in the billiards room or grab a drink from the fridge in the cocktail bar. Brianna Griff, Chron, 18 Sep. 2022 Harris limped off the field after a 5-yard run to help the Patriots grab the first down that may seal this one. Christopher Price,, 18 Sep. 2022 The tight labor market represents an opportunity for workers to grab a bigger slice of the economic pie, after decades of globalization and weakened labor unions shifted leverage to business owners. Tom Fairless, WSJ, 18 Sep. 2022 Missouri State surprised the home crowd with two takeaways in the first quarter and cashed in both turnovers for points to grab a 10-0 lead. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 18 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In 2021, San Francisco officials request more funding to bolster its police department as the city was rocked by an uptick in murders and brazen smash-and-grab retail thefts. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 23 Aug. 2022 The Statesman reported that detail last month and published a screen grab from that moment that sparked national outrage. Tony Plohetski, USA TODAY, 11 July 2022 The post no longer appears on his account, but Bucknuts posted a screen grab from Brown’s Instagram story. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 30 June 2022 That was also true in the Spanish case—Bild published a screen-grab of that email. David Meyer, Fortune, 27 June 2022 Source photographs: Brendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse, via Getty Images; screen grab from TikTok. Reyhan Harmanci, New York Times, 23 June 2022 Afterward, someone posted a screen grab of Solano, head thrown back in rapture, looking like a painting of Christ during the Ascension. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 12 May 2022 The warning comes after a smash and grab robbery occurred at a Beverly Hills jewelry store on Tuesday, with the thieves taking $5 million worth of items. Fox News, 22 July 2022 Smash-and-grab robberies of fashion and jewelry stores appear to be on the rise in and around Los Angeles. Andrew Blankstein, NBC News, 21 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grab


circa 1581, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1c


1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grab

Verb, Noun, and Adjective

obsolete Dutch or Low German grabben

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22 Sep 2022

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More Definitions for grab


\ ˈgrab How to pronounce grab (audio) \
grabbed; grabbing

Kids Definition of grab

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to grasp or seize suddenly



Kids Definition of grab (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sudden attempt to grasp or seize

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