\ 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for nab


apprehend, arrest, bust [slang], collar, nail, nick [British slang], pick up, pinch, pull in, restrain, run in, seize



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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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Netflix has also nabbed producers Ryan Murphy from 21st Century Fox and Shonda Rhimes from Disney. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Why No One Can Catch Netflix," 26 Aug. 2018 Their subversively conservative tailoring resonated enough to nab the husband-wife duo a place in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition alongside fashion babies like Alexander Wang and Jason Wu. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Swaim Hutson—The Man Behind the Late Aughts Label Obedient Sons & Daughters—Is Back in the Suit Business," 20 Mar. 2019 The network nabbed it a hard-fought bidding war with Lance Bass. Rose Minutaglio, Country Living, "'The Brady Bunch' Cast Reunited for HGTV's New Series 'A Very Brady Renovation'," 1 Nov. 2018 His teammate, Alexander Rossi, also possessed a top-notch car and was wielding it well after nabbing the pole position earlier Sunday morning. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: After so many close calls, Ryan Hunter-Reay savors that winning feeling," 3 June 2018 Freshman Height: 6-6 • Weight: 180 The lanky freshman showed significant improvement throughout the season, and whoever nabs him is getting a versatile point guard with a ton of room to grow. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "2018 NBA mock draft: Suns take Deandre Ayton at No. 1, Kings settle on star Luka Doncic," 16 May 2018 Our resident Bachelor expert Amanda Mitchell even has Hannah as her pick to nab the role! Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Hannah Brown, the 'Bachelor' Star Looking for "Fierce Love"?," 6 Mar. 2019 Try Casabella Microfiber Glass Cloths, which have a special honeycomb texture to nab water spots, smudges, and dirt from mirrors and glass without scratching. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Clean Windows, According to Our Cleaning Lab," 22 Feb. 2019 So when a forager dies—or gets nabbed by a meddling researcher, in this case—something else must be determining which individuals take their place. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Why These Bumblebees Are Wearing Itty-Bitty QR Codes," 3 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of nab was in 1686

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English Language Learners Definition of nab

: to catch and stop or arrest (someone)
: to take or get (something) quickly and often in a way that is clever or rude


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

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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