\ 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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So grab your favorite butterfly clips, lace up your Converse, and put on your best '90s mix CD because the final episode of Cruel Summer will keep you guessing all the way up to the very last moment. Ew Staff,, 15 June 2021 So grab some popcorn and take your FROW position on the sofa. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 9 June 2021 Make summer 2021 the best yet and grab one of the best Hallmark books to read and relax by the pool. Daria Smith, Southern Living, 2 June 2021 Washington needs a long-term answer at quarterback and is a threat to trade up and grab one., 26 Apr. 2021 The best selection always sells out, so grab one of these inflatable pools under $100 while there’s plenty in stock! Colin Daniels, Chron, 26 Apr. 2021 The Browns also have enough ammunition to move up some in the first round to grab one of the better players. cleveland, 25 Apr. 2021 If there’s a run on linemen early, expect Gutekunst to be active and trade up to grab one. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 Luckily, in this scenario, Northwestern CB Greg Newsome II fell to the mid-20s, presenting the opportunity to move up and grab one of the best CBs in the draft. John Owning, Dallas News, 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This time around the restaurateur has opened up a quick, grab-and-go concept within the Cosmopolitan’s Block 16 Urban Food Hall. Christina Liao, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Among all of their amazing things, my favorite grab-and-go breakfast is their warm, runny egg bun. cleveland, 10 June 2021 Tucked back in the corner by the snacks and candies, 99 Ranch has a large selection of housemade grab-and-go steam buns that'll make a nice dim sum spread. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 9 June 2021 In addition, the pop-up features a grab-and-go section with pre-packaged salads and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as sandwiches. Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021 There will also be plenty of coffee on hand for those who need a caffeine fix thanks to the Poindexter Coffee Bike Cart that will be parked out front offering coffee and a curated selection of morning and afternoon grab-and-go items. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 1 June 2021 Allen residents can go to the public library, beginning Tuesday, and pick up a grab-and-go kit to make toys for cats and dogs. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 Starting immediately, the outdoor patio at the former Library Sports Pub will be open to customers who want to sit outside and enjoy one of the many One World Market grab-and-go options. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 25 May 2021 Last year, Katsumura transformed the front of Yūgen into a luxurious grab-and-go market called Kaisho — also the name of the casual bar concept that originally inhabited the space — to meet pandemic dining restrictions. Louisa Chu,, 19 May 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

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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)



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


\ 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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