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snap

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verb \ˈsnap\

Definition of snap

snapped

snapping

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make a sudden closing of the jaws :  seize something sharply with the mouth <fish snapping at the bait>b :  to grasp at something eagerly :  make a pounce or snatch <snap at any chance>

  3. 2 :  to utter sharp biting words :  bark out irritable or peevish retorts

  4. 3a :  to break suddenly with a sharp sound <the twig snapped>b :  to give way suddenly under strain

  5. 4 :  to make a sharp or crackling sound

  6. 5 :  to close or fit in place with an abrupt movement or sharp sound <the lock snapped shut>

  7. 6a :  to move briskly or sharply <snaps to attention>b :  to undergo a sudden and rapid change (as from one condition to another) <snap out of it> <snapped awake>

  8. 7 :  sparkle, flash <eyes snapping with fury>

  9. transitive verb
  10. 1 :  to seize with or as if with a snap of the jaws

  11. 2 :  to take possession or advantage of suddenly or eagerly —usually used with up <shoppers snapping up bargains>

  12. 3a :  to retort to or interrupt curtly and irritablyb :  to utter curtly or abruptly

  13. 4 :  to break suddenly :  break short or in two

  14. 5a :  to cause to make a snapping sound <snap a whip>b :  to put into or remove from a particular position by a sudden movement or with a sharp sound <snap the lock shut>

  15. 6a :  to project with a snapb :  to put (a football) in play with a snapc (1) :  to take photographically <snapping exclusive news pictures — Current Biography> (2) :  to take a snapshot of

Examples of snap in a sentence

  1. The branch snapped and fell to the ground.

  2. The earpiece of his glasses snapped off.

  3. She snapped the twig in two.

  4. The boy snapped the wing off his toy airplane.

  5. The bent tree snapped back into an upright position.

  6. I snapped the lid shut.

  7. She snapped the pieces together.

  8. She snapped her handbag shut.

Origin and Etymology of snap

Dutch or Low German snappen; akin to Middle High German snappen to snap


First Known Use: 1530


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snap

noun

Definition of snap

  1. 1 :  an abrupt closing (as of the mouth in biting or of scissors in cutting)

  2. 2a archaic :  a share of profits or bootyb :  something that brings quick and easy profit or advantagec :  something that is easy and presents no problems :  cinch

  3. 3 :  a small amount :  bit

  4. 4a :  an act or instance of seizing abruptly :  a sudden snatching at somethingb :  a quick short movement <lithe snaps of its body — Barbara Taylor>c :  a sudden sharp breaking

  5. 5a :  a sound made by snapping something <shut the book with a snap>b :  a brief sharp and usually irritable speech or retort

  6. 6 :  a sudden spell of weather <a cold snap>

  7. 7 :  a catch or fastening that closes or locks with a click <the snap of a bracelet>

  8. 8 :  a flat brittle cookie — compare gingersnap

  9. 9 :  snapshot

  10. 10a :  the condition of being vigorous in body, mind, or spirit :  alertness, energyb :  a pleasing vigorous quality

  11. 11 :  the act of a center's putting the football in play from its position on the ground by quickly passing it between his legs to a teammate (as a quarterback) standing behind him

Examples of snap in a sentence

  1. I've trained the dog to come to me with a snap of my fingers.

  2. The snap of the bracelet broke.

1555

First Known Use of snap

1555


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snap

adverb

Definition of snap

  1. :  with a snap

1583

First Known Use of snap

1583


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snap

adjective

Definition of snap

  1. 1 :  done, made, or carried through suddenly or without deliberation <a snap judgment>

  2. 2 :  called or taken without prior warning <a snap election>

  3. 3 :  fastening with a snap <a snap lock>

  4. 4 :  unusually easy or simple <a snap course>



SNAP Defined for English Language Learners

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snap

play
verb \ˈsnap\

Definition of snap for English Language Learners

  • : to break quickly with a short, sharp sound

  • : to move into a specified position with a short, sharp sound

  • : to close (something) with a fastener and especially with a snap


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snap

noun

Definition of snap for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden, short, sharp sound caused by something breaking or moving into a new position

  • : the act of snapping your fingers or the sound made when you snap your fingers

  • : a device that fastens something by closing or locking with a short, sharp sound; especially : a set of two metal or plastic pieces that fit tightly together when you press them


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snap

adjective

Definition of snap for English Language Learners

  • : done or made suddenly or without careful thought


SNAP Defined for Kids

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snap

play
verb \ˈsnap\

Definition of snap for Students

snapped

snapping

  1. 1 :  to break or break apart suddenly and often with a cracking noise <The branch snapped.>

  2. 2 :  to grasp or grasp at something suddenly with the mouth or teeth

  3. 3 :  to speak or utter sharply or irritably <“You keep quiet!” snapped Beezus. — Beverly Cleary, Henry Huggins>

  4. 4 :  to make or cause to make a sharp or crackling sound <snap a whip>

  5. 5 :  to close or fit in place with a quick movement <The lid snapped shut.>

  6. 6 :  to put into or remove from a position suddenly or with a cracking sound <She snapped on the light.>

  7. 7 :  to act or be acted on with energy <The soldier snapped to attention.>

  8. 8 :  to grasp at something eagerly <I snapped at the chance.>

  9. 9 :  to get, take, or buy at once <Customers were hoping to snap up a bargain.>

  10. 10 :  to close by means of snaps or fasteners

  11. 11 :  to take a snapshot of

  12. 12 :  to make a short sharp sound by quickly moving the middle finger against the thumb


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snap

play
noun

Definition of snap for Students

  1. 1 :  a sudden short sharp sound

  2. 2 :  an act of moving the middle finger against the thumb to make a short sharp sound

  3. 3 :  something that is easy and presents no problems <That job is a snap.>

  4. 4 :  a sudden change in weather <a cold snap>

  5. 5 :  a catch or fastening that closes or locks with a click <the snap on a purse>

  6. 6 :  snapshot

  7. 7 :  a short amount of time <… over the hedge he jumped in a snap … — Anna Sewell, Black Beauty>


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snap

play
adjective

Definition of snap for Students

  1. 1 :  made suddenly or without careful thought <a snap decision>

  2. 2 :  closing with a click or by means of a device that snaps <a snap lock>

  3. 3 :  very easy



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