nab

verb \ ˈnab \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of nab

nabbed; nabbing
transitive verb
1 :to catch or seize in arrest :apprehend
2 :to seize suddenly

Examples of nab in a Sentence

  1. We nabbed seats in the front row of the theater.

  2. the officer nabbed the purse snatcher before he could escape

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Origin and Etymology of nab

perhaps alteration of English dialect nap


NAB Defined for English Language Learners

nab

verb

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


NAB Defined for Kids

nab

verb \ ˈnab \

Definition of nab for Students

nabbed; nabbing
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