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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Other Words from snatch

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 The latter game was huge to keep the Wolverines (led by quarterback Tom Brady) from rising up and snatching a Rose Bowl spot from Wisconsin. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Everything you forgot about Ron Dayne's magical 1999 run to the NCAA all-time rushing record," 7 Nov. 2019 The Cameroonian poured in 27 points and snatched 16 rebounds against Jazz center Rudy Gobert, the two-time reigning NBA defensive player of the year. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets star Nikola Jokic unmoved by matchup vs. All-Star Joel Embiid: “I’m just playing basketball”," 7 Nov. 2019 In regards to the match itself, the German was unhappy with some elements of his side's display but was content with the manner in which his side snatched the victory when a draw looked the likely result. SI.com, "Jurgen Klopp Responds After Pep Guardiola Brands Sadio Mane a Diver," 3 Nov. 2019 In Potrero, Fairley had been captured on camera enough times, snatching packages or walking down the street with bundles of mail, that many in the neighborhood had a face and a name to attach to their generalized anger about ongoing nuisances. Lauren Smiley, The Atlantic, "The Porch Pirate of Potrero Hill Can’t Believe It Came to This," 1 Nov. 2019 Competing individually, Campa snatched one of Region III’s 10 berths to state for runners not connected to one of the four advancing teams. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Dobie runner bound for state; Rayburn, Memorial runners finish 12th, 16th at regionals," 29 Oct. 2019 Not even after the perpetrators of the heinous crime that snatched away her life, her joy, and her many, many tomorrows have paid for this awful sin. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "Johnson: As Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney rests, we cannot," 28 Oct. 2019 The Seahawks’ offense couldn’t do anything, so the defense needs to step up and snatch the momentum away from the Falcons. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks hold off the Atlanta Falcons: Live updates recap, score, stats and more," 27 Oct. 2019 They are accused of snatching the child from an outdoor birthday party on Oct. 12 around 8:30 p.m. at the Tom Brown Village housing community and later dumping her body in a trash bin close to where the suspects lived. Fox News, "Alabama girl Kamille 'Cupcake’ McKinney's cause of death revealed in court warrant," 26 Oct. 2019 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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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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