- 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.
transitive verbgrabbed, grab′bing
- to seize or snatch suddenly; take roughly and quickly
- to get possession of by unscrupulous methods
- Informal to get or take quickly: to grab a bite to eat
- Slang to attract strongly the attention of; impress greatly: a performance that grabs an audience
Origin of grabprobably 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 )
up for grabs
verbgrabbed, grab·bing, grabs
- 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.
- a. A sudden attempt to grasp or hold something: made a grab for the railing.b. A sudden, often unscrupulous taking control or ownership of something: “The imminence of death is reflected in every last power-stroke and grab of the great money bosses” ( Dylan Thomas )
- A mechanical device for gripping an object.
Origin of grabObsolete Dutch or Low German grabben from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German; see ghrebh-1 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of grabArabic ġurāb raven, swift galley ġrb
(third-person singular simple present grabs, present participle grabbing, simple past and past participle grabbed)
- To grip suddenly; to seize; to clutch.
- I grabbed her hand to pull her back from the cliff edge.
- (intransitive) To make a sudden grasping or clutching motion (at something).
- The suspect suddenly broke free and grabbed at the policeman's gun.
- To restrain someone; to arrest.
- To grip the attention; to enthrall.
- (informal) To quickly collect or retrieve.
- (informal) To consume something quickly.
- We'll just grab a sandwich and then we'll be on our way.
- Is there time to grab a coffee?
- To take the opportunity of.
From Middle Dutch grabben (“to grab”) or Middle Low German grabben (“to snap”), from Proto-Germanic *grab-, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰerebʰ- (compare Sanskrit गृह्णाति (gṛhṇāti, “he seizes”), गृभ्णाति (gṛbhṇāti), Avestan (garəβ, “to seize”)). Cognate with Danish grabbe (“to grab”), Swedish grabba (“to grab”), Old English ġegræppian (“to seize”).