grab

verb
\ 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 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
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, nobble [British slang], 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

Be even more certain of your decision by trying out placements before grabbing that hammer. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "9 Foolproof Tips for Decorating with Art," 13 May 2019 For the entire month of May, grab $1 margaritas, and don’t forget to order your usual sampler platter. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "20+ Restaurants Open on Memorial Day That Your Family Will Love," 13 May 2019 Neither are there front or rear locking diffs, but the traction control can mimic a locker's action by simply grabbing the brake on a slipping tire, thus sending torque to the side with traction. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Kia Telluride Has Some Serious Off-Road Chops," 7 May 2019 So spending a few spare minutes strolling the gardens of the Rodin Museum feels as natural in Paris as grabbing a cup of coffee anywhere else. Jordan Roth, Vogue, "Jordan Roth: A Man’s View on the Haute Couture," 28 Jan. 2019 They were spotted at Malibu's celeb hot spot Nobu and then on a much more low-key outing at a Jack in the Box drive-thru, grabbing hamburgers and fries in Affleck's Range Rover. Fox News, "Ben Affleck's rumored gal pal Shauna Sexton reportedly visits star upon his return to rehab," 2 Oct. 2018 On Tuesday, Disick, 35, and Richie, 19, were spotted soaking up the sun in Mykonos before grabbing dinner together in town that night. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Scott Disick Shares Racy Photo of Sofia Richie as Couple Vacations in Greece," 11 July 2018 Back to that attention-grabbing Oral-B black-bristle toothbrush. Laura Daily, The Seattle Times, "How charcoal escaped the grill and ended up in your bathroom," 12 Apr. 2019 Otherwise known as Peruvian lilies, these long-lasting, attention-grabbing petals represent friendship and devotion, Law says. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Even as Rob Gronkowski turned in a vintage performance with his big grabs down the stretch in the AFC championship game, the veteran Patriots tight end also did plenty of dirty work. Kyle Hightower, The Seattle Times, "After tough year, Gronk coming alive at right time for Pats," 22 Jan. 2019 There are also 'must have grabs' at anywhere from 20% to 50% off. Glamour, "The Black Friday Beauty Deals You Need to Know," 22 Nov. 2018 Over the cries of wailing children, the two women pull each other's hair and grab at the other's limbs until Melina flies down a flight of steps. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "My Brilliant Friend Producer Breaks Down the Violence of Episode 1," 19 Nov. 2018 The control laser grabs the atoms and tries to give them a good shaking. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Rough-and-ready quantum memory may link disparate quantum systems," 9 Nov. 2018 Incineroar, meanwhile, will focus largely on grabs and throws as moves. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gets Incineroar, Ken and Piranha Plant as new characters," 1 Nov. 2018 Since the House of Representatives holds elections every two years, all 435 House seats are up for grabs this November. Rachel Janfaza, Teen Vogue, "These 3 Midterms Elections Prove That Off-Year Elections Really Matter," 26 Oct. 2018 The two grab dinner at an Italian restaurant in NYC and they're seen boarding a private jet together. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes and Hailey Baldwin's Relationship Timeline," 27 July 2018 Opponents say the measure amounts to a gun grab disguised as substantive public safety legislation. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Legislature could soon move ‘red flag’ gun bill to Baker’s desk," 28 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, Adjective, and Noun

obsolete Dutch or Low German grabben

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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 How to pronounce grab (audio) \
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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