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
The attackers allegedly nabbed the names, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers (no passwords, apparently), of more than 31,800 customers, according to a Monday report from Yonhap, a South Korean news wire.
Iglesias struck out pinch-hitter Jesus Aguilar, and Barnhart fired down to second to nab a stealing Orlando Arcia, who unsuccessfully tried to evade the tag.
But whoever nabs the tower’s $50 million penthouse will get the car as a perk, because that’s just how Aston Martin rolls.
In 2004, The Hawks had an 18.8 percent chance at the top pick but watched as the Capitals leaped over them and the Penguins to nab the top selection.
The Chicago Cubs nabbed Chris Singleton in the 19th round of the draft Wednesday.
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.
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Origin and Etymology of nab
perhaps alteration of English dialect nap
First Known Use: 1686See Words from the same year
NAB Defined for English Language Learners
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
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