\ 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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In the ongoing wars for total streaming domination, WarnerMedia’s upcoming platform has now nabbed another big get. Nick Romano,, "The Big Bang Theory finds streaming home in HBO Max," 17 Sep. 2019 Post-merger, ViacomCBS will have nabbed a 22 percent share of the American television audience, a figure that is larger than those of Comcast, Disney, Fox Corporation, Discovery or WarnerMedia. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "Trevor Noah Fantasizes 'Daily Show,' 'CSI' Crossover After Viacom-CBS Merger," 15 Aug. 2019 Robots cut crab - Radio Canada reports that robotic machines that cut and shuck crab have nabbed a U.S. patent that is being hailed as a breakthrough in fish processing technology worldwide. Anchorage Daily News, "Local fishery taxes will continue to be split 50-50 between towns and state for now," 9 July 2019 The Apple Store has nabbed an exclusive window of the next 30 days to demonstrate the toy and sell it at retail. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Mattel revs up Hot Wheels to new digital generation," 14 June 2019 The actress made her television debut with a Law & Order role in 1996 and has nabbed big roles ever since. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Jennifer Esposito? 6 Facts About the Actress Who Happens to Be Bradley Cooper's Ex-Wife," 26 Feb. 2019 After nabbing the gig, her wardrobe fitting involved more than just one ensemble of the character’s orange shorts and purple T-shirt. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Dora and the Lost City of Gold," 16 Aug. 2019 This was apparently a competitive situation, with multiple entities interested in nabbing rights to the journalist’s acclaimed article. Isaac Feldberg,, "Michelle Carter case to become true-crime drama series," 15 Aug. 2019 In dead last in the division and with only a Rocktober’s hope of nabbing a wild card for a third straight season, Colorado now wants to see what the future holds. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman: If Rockies are serious about assessing for 2020, here’s the prospects they need to call up this year," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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involving a confidence or trust

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