snatch

verb
\ ˈsnach How to pronounce snatch (audio) \
snatched; snatching; snatches

Definition of snatch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to attempt to seize something suddenly

transitive verb

: to take or grasp abruptly or hastily snatch up a pen snatched the first opportunity also : to seize or take suddenly without permission, ceremony, or right snatched a kiss

snatch

noun

Definition of snatch (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a brief period caught snatches of sleep
b : a brief, fragmentary, or hurried part : bit caught snatches of the conversation
2a : a snatching at or of something
b slang : an act or instance of kidnapping
3 : a lift in weight lifting in which the weight is raised from the floor directly to an overhead position in a single motion — compare clean and jerk, press
4 vulgar : the female pudenda

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Verb

snatcher noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for snatch

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Verb

take, seize, grasp, clutch, snatch, grab mean to get hold of by or as if by catching up with the hand. take is a general term applicable to any manner of getting something into one's possession or control. take some salad from the bowl seize implies a sudden and forcible movement in getting hold of something tangible or an apprehending of something fleeting or elusive when intangible. seized the suspect grasp stresses a laying hold so as to have firmly in possession. grasp the handle and pull clutch suggests avidity or anxiety in seizing or grasping and may imply less success in holding. clutching her purse snatch suggests more suddenness or quickness but less force than seize. snatched a doughnut and ran grab implies more roughness or rudeness than snatch. grabbed roughly by the arm

Examples of snatch in a Sentence

Verb An eagle swooped down and snatched one of the hens. She snatched the toy from his hands. Noun to the police chief, it didn't look like a snatch, but another case of a bride-to-be getting cold feet
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When the moon hovers above spring tides each February, the king-tide waves will reach over the rocks, enter houses, snatch belongings and garbage and children, and poison freshwater wells, called lenses, with salt water. Jamie Zvirzdin, The New Republic, "The Complicated Truth of Climate Change in the Marshall Islands," 1 Jan. 2021 The Rams’ playoff hopes are in peril after a lackluster loss lets the Seattle Seahawks snatch the division crown. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: Trump finally signs the bill," 28 Dec. 2020 Some will come from Moderna, and the federal government could use the Defense Production Act to snatch some Pfizer doses that the company contracted to sell to other countries. Michael Segal, WSJ, "A Shot (Instead of Two) at Saving Lives," 10 Dec. 2020 Both clubs held second-half leads before managing to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. 1a. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Week 13 of the 2020 NFL season," 8 Dec. 2020 The less-than-honest outfits aren't hoping to snatch just $40 here or there. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Beware of those gifts you see on social media ads. They may never arrive.," 27 Nov. 2020 With the first set tied at 13, the Pioneers scored six straight points to snatch the set win. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Providence volleyball season loses against Yorktown in 5 sets in Class 4A semi-states," 1 Nov. 2020 Two duck hunters in Florida had to patiently wait their turn after spotting a massive alligator snatch their quarry in a swamp last week. Fox News, "Florida duck hunters encounter ‘monster’ alligator snatching quarry, video shows," 30 Nov. 2020 Covington earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors just three season ago and can snatch steals and block shots with equal tenacity. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers' deal for Robert Covington seems like perfect trade at the perfect time," 17 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While there hasn’t been a particular rash of private sales scams in the city lately, Bosques recalled a case the FBI cracked with the help of a Fremont detective who was investigating a snatch-and-grab robbery at a coffee shop in 2012. Joseph Geha, The Mercury News, "Fremont: ‘Exchange zone’ set up for Craigslist buyers, sellers," 8 June 2017 The text, sung by two sopranos, may well have been in Esperanto, as only snatches were decipherable. Alan G. Artner, chicagotribune.com, "Dal Niente's 'Party 2017' pushes music off-focus," 4 June 2017 The beat is now peppy with drum and snatches of piano, a common Beatles rhythm. Nicholas Dawidoff, The Atlantic, "How the Beatles Wrote ‘A Day in the Life’," 18 May 2017 Some were able to hear snatches of melody as subtle as the scraping together of grass-blades or the throbbing of the brittle tissue of insects. Ben Lerner, The New Yorker, "A Strange Australian Masterpiece," 29 Mar. 2017 The accidental comedy of some of the conversations even led the program BBC Newsnight to dramatize snatches of dialogue, with the voices of both the American president and the British prime minister played by the impressionist Rory Bremner. Robert Mackey, New York Times, "Excerpts From Imagined Clinton-Blair Chats, Intended as Satire, Cause Confusion," 8 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of snatch

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for snatch

Verb

Middle English snacchen to snap, seize; akin to Middle Dutch snacken to snap at

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The first known use of snatch was in the 13th century

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6 Jan 2021

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“Snatch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snatch. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for snatch

snatch

verb
How to pronounce snatch (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of snatch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take (something) quickly or eagerly
: to take (something or someone) suddenly from a person or place often by using force

snatch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snatch (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small part of something

snatch

verb
\ ˈsnach How to pronounce snatch (audio) \
snatched; snatching

Kids Definition of snatch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take hold of or try to take hold of something quickly or suddenly … he snatched up his towel. “I'm leaving,” he called down the beach.— Virginia Hamilton, M. C. Higgins

snatch

noun

Kids Definition of snatch (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something brief, hurried, or in small bits snatches of old songs
2 : an act of taking hold of something quickly
3 : a brief period I slept in snatches.

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