\ ˈnab How to pronounce nab (audio) \
nabbed; nabbing

Definition of nab

transitive verb

1 : to catch or seize in arrest : apprehend
2 : to seize suddenly

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Examples of nab in a Sentence

We nabbed seats in the front row of the theater. the officer nabbed the purse snatcher before he could escape
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First Known Use of nab

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nab

perhaps alteration of English dialect nap

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21 Aug 2022

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“Nab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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