nabbed; nabbing

transitive verb

: to catch or seize in arrest : apprehend
: 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
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Word History


perhaps alteration of English dialect nap

First Known Use

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nab was in 1686

Cite this Entry

“Nab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


nabbed; nabbing
: to seize and take into custody : arrest
: to seize suddenly
especially : steal entry 1 sense 2a

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