- The definition of a grab is a sudden snatch, or something that is suddenly or quickly taken.
- An example of a grab is quickly enjoying a cup of coffee.
- An example of a grab is the purchase of a pair of shoes with a great price.
- To grab is defined as to seize or take suddenly or quickly.
An example of to grab is to quickly snatch a cookie before anyone else.
grab definition by Webster's New World
- to seize or snatch suddenly; take roughly and quickly
- to get possession of by unscrupulous methods
- ☆ Slang to attract strongly the attention of; impress greatly
Origin: probably ; from Middle Dutch grabben, akin to Old Norse grapa, grasp ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghrebh- from source Sanskrit grabh-, to seize
- the act of grabbing
- something grabbed
- any of various mechanical devices for clutching something to be hoisted
- Chiefly Brit. clamshell (sense )
- grabber noun
grab definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb grabbed grabbed, grab·bing, grabs verb, transitive
- To take or grasp suddenly: grabbed the letter from me.
- To capture or restrain; arrest.
- To obtain or appropriate unscrupulously or forcibly: grab public funds; grab power.
- To take hurriedly: grabbed my coat and hat and left.
- Slang To capture the attention of: a plot that grabs the reader.
- Sudden seizure of something or someone; a snatch: “The imminence of death is reflected in every last power-stroke and grab of the great money bosses” (Dylan Thomas).
- One that is grabbed.
- A mechanical device for gripping an object.
Origin: Obsolete Dutch or Low German grabben, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German; see ghrebh-1 in Indo-European roots.
- grabˈba·ble adjective
- grabˈber noun
Origin: Arabic ġurāb, raven, swift galley; see ġrb in Semitic roots.
grab - Phrases/Idioms
up for grabsâ
up for grabs