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grab

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of grab

  1. an instance of theft a political activist who thinks the government's lease of public lands to logging companies amounts to an illegal land grab Synonyms of grab theft, heist, pinch, rip-off, snatching, swipingWords Related to grab break-in, burglary, holdup, mugging, stickup


grab

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of grab

  1. to take physical control or possession of (something) suddenly or forcibly don't grab my arm like that Synonyms of grab bag, capture, collar, cop [slang], corral, get, glom, catch, grapple, hook, land, nab, nail, net, nobble [British slang], rap, seize, snag, snap (up), snare, snatch, trapWords Related to grab glove, halter, lasso, rope; apprehend, arrest, detain; bay, corner; clasp, clutch, fasten (on), fist, grasp, grip, hold, latch (on or onto), secure; rend, wrest; enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, entangle, entrap, mesh; abduct, kidnap, spirit (away or off)Near Antonyms of grab discharge, free, liberate, release; drop, loosen, unhandAntonyms of grab miss

Synonym Discussion of grab

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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