\ 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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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 on the Web Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir nabbed her first Emmy for the haunting score to HBO limited series Chernobyl on Sunday night at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Joker' Composer Hildur Guonadottir Wins Emmy for HBO's 'Chernobyl'," 15 Sep. 2019 Big Thursday win for Klein Klein nabbed a noteworthy win Thursday over Klein Oak, 31-28. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Friday night highlights: North Shore rallies past Westfield," 13 Sep. 2019 And the month before, two male penguins at a Denmark zoo nabbed a chick while its mother was swimming. Quinn Gawronski, NBC News, "Gay penguins at London aquarium are raising 'genderless' chick," 10 Sep. 2019 At the end of 2016, federal investigators nabbed a single day’s worth of outgoing packages from Shamo’s alleged operation. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Alleged kingpin of massive, deadly fentanyl-laced pill scheme stands trial," 12 Aug. 2019 Serena Williams, goddess, nabbed the cover of the Sports Illustrated 2019 Fashionable 50 issue (what, you were surprised??) and attended the party last night looking terribly gorgeous, per usual. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams Debuts a New Ombre Hair Color at the 'Sports Illustrated' Party," 19 July 2019 The Wolves nabbed Noah Vonleh for a season at just $2 million, and got Jake Layman via a sign-and-trade for $11.5 million over three years. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Timberwolves appear to be saving for a big 2020 offseason," 10 July 2019 Later in the night, Cardi nabbed album of the year for her 2018 effort Invasion of Privacy. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Cardi B Delivers Dance-Heavy Performance of 'Press' & 'Clout' at 2019 BET Awards," 23 June 2019 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

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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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24 Oct 2019

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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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