Definition of nab
1 : to catch or seize in arrest : apprehend
2 : to seize suddenly
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
Recent Examples of nab from the Web
Scientists have also observed American alligators working together to nab prey.
A couple weeks earlier, a police officer nabbed a male who appeared to be a teenager right outside Tasandra Simpson’s apartment.
At second, Javier Baez marked the beginning of one of the best amateur-nabbing runs in the game.
When Dan Smith first went to work at the pork processing plant in Storm Lake in 1980, pretty much the only way to nab that kind of union job was to have a father, an uncle or a brother already there.
Allie Ostrander locked up her second entry with a second-place finish in the 5,000 meters (16 minutes, 25 seconds), and Clare O’Brien nabbed the last qualifying spot (16:41.62) in the same event Saturday at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships.
Barwan had also been previously nabbed in two other states for pulling the same scam, officers said.
As his family’s Orange County shopping center marks its 50th anniversary, Segerstrom talks growing sales, learning from Hermès and Zara, and nabbing exclusives from Berluti, Salvatore Ferragamo and Tod’s.
But since people could have theoretically voted for Blade Runner twice, this might explain why the film nabbed number one.
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Origin and Etymology of nab
perhaps alteration of English dialect nap
First Known Use: 1686
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Definition of nab for English Language Learners
: to catch and stop or arrest (someone)
: to take or get (something) quickly and often in a way that is clever or rude
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