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snatch

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verb \ˈsnach\

Definition of snatch

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to attempt to seize something suddenly

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  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

snatcher

noun

Examples of snatch in a Sentence

  1. An eagle swooped down and snatched one of the hens.

  2. She snatched the toy from his hands.

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Origin and Etymology of snatch

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

Synonym Discussion of snatch

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

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snatch

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Definition of snatch

  1. 1a :  a brief period caught snatches of sleepb :  a brief, fragmentary, or hurried part :  bit caught snatches of the conversation

  2. 2a :  a snatching at or of somethingb slang :  an act or instance of kidnapping

  3. 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. 4 vulgar :  the female pudenda

Examples of snatch in a Sentence

  1. 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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First Known Use of snatch

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SNATCH Defined for English Language Learners

snatch

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verb

Definition of snatch for English Language Learners

  • : to take (something) quickly or eagerly

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

snatch

noun

Definition of snatch for English Language Learners

  • : a small part of something


SNATCH Defined for Kids

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snatch

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verb \ˈsnach\

Definition of snatch for Students

snatched

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snatching

  1. :  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


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snatch

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Definition of snatch for Students

  1. 1 :  something brief, hurried, or in small bits snatches of old songs

  2. 2 :  an act of taking hold of something quickly

  3. 3 :  a brief period I slept in snatches.



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