Grab Definition

grăb
grabbed, grabbing, grabs
verb
grabbed, grabbing, grabs
To snatch or try to snatch something.
Webster's New World
To get possession of by unscrupulous methods.
Webster's New World
To capture or restrain; arrest.
American Heritage
To get or take quickly.
To grab a bite to eat.
Webster's New World
To seize or snatch suddenly; take roughly and quickly.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
releaselet-go
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noun
grabs
A sudden attempt to grasp or hold something.
Made a grab for the railing.
American Heritage
The act of grabbing.
Webster's New World
Something grabbed.
Webster's New World
A sudden, often unscrupulous taking control or ownership of something.
American Heritage
Any of various mechanical devices for clutching something to be hoisted.
Webster's New World
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adjective
Relating or being an object or device that is grabbed or gripped for support or balance.
Installed a grab bar in the shower.
American Heritage
idiom
up for grabs
  • Available for anyone to take or win:
American Heritage
up for grabs
  • available to the highest bidder, most aggressive person, etc.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Grab

Noun

Singular:
grab
Plural:
grabs

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Grab

Origin of Grab

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Obsolete Dutch or Low German grabben from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German ghrebh-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Arabic and Hindi ghurb?: crow, raven, a kind of Arab ship.

    From Wiktionary

  • Arabic ġurāb raven, swift galley ġrb in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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