Definitions for grabgræb

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

grabgræb(v.; n.)grabbed, grab•bing

  1. (v.t.)to seize suddenly, eagerly, or roughly; snatch.

  2. to take illegal possession of; seize forcibly or unscrupulously:

    to grab land.

  3. to obtain and consume quickly:

    Let's grab a sandwich.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. Informal. to cause a reaction in; affect: to arouse the interest or excitement of.

    How does my idea grab you?

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  5. (v.i.)to make a grasping or clutching motion.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. (of brakes, a clutch, etc.) to take hold suddenly or with a jolting motion.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. (n.)a sudden, eager grasp or snatch.

  8. seizure or acquisition by violent or unscrupulous means.

  9. something that is grabbed.

  10. a mechanical device for gripping objects.

  11. the capacity to hold or adhere.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Idioms for grab:

  1. up for grabs,available to whoever expends the necessary energy, money, or ingenuity first.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

Origin of grab:

1580–90; akin to MD, MLG grabben, Sw grabba


Princeton's WordNet

  1. grab(noun)

    a mechanical device for gripping an object

  2. catch, grab, snatch, snap(verb)

    the act of catching an object with the hands

    "Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"; "he made a grab for the ball before it landed"; "Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away"; "the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion"

  3. catch, grab, take hold of(verb)

    take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of

    "Catch the ball!"; "Grab the elevator door!"

  4. snap up, snaffle, grab(verb)

    get hold of or seize quickly and easily

    "I snapped up all the good buys during the garage sale"

  5. grab(verb)

    make a grasping or snatching motion with the hand

    "The passenger grabbed for the oxygen mask"

  6. grab(verb)

    obtain illegally or unscrupulously

    "Grab power"

  7. grab(verb)

    take or grasp suddenly

    "She grabbed the child's hand and ran out of the room"

  8. grab, seize(verb)

    capture the attention or imagination of

    "This story will grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. grab(verb)æb

    to suddenly take hold of

    He grabbed her purse and ran.

  2. grabæb

    to quickly take an opportunity

    He had to grab this chance to talk to her.

  3. grabæb

    to do quickly

    Let's grab something to eat while we can.

  4. grabæb

    available to whoever is first

    There are two free tickets up for grabs.


  1. grab(Noun)

    a sudden snatch (for something)

  2. grab(Noun)

    a mechanical device that grabs

  3. grab(Verb)

    to make a sudden grasping or clutching motion (at something)

  4. grab(Verb)

    to restrain someone; to arrest

  5. grab(Verb)

    to grip the attention; to enthrall

  6. grab(Verb)

    to quickly collect or retrieve

  7. grab(Verb)

    to eat something quickly

    We'll just grab a sandwich and then we'll be on our way.

  8. Origin: From grabben, from grab-, from gherebh (compare Sanskrit , ).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grab(noun)

    a vessel used on the Malabar coast, having two or three masts

  2. Grab

    to gripe suddenly; to seize; to snatch; to clutch

  3. Grab(noun)

    a sudden grasp or seizure

  4. Grab(noun)

    an instrument for clutching objects for the purpose of raising them; -- specially applied to devices for withdrawing drills, etc., from artesian and other wells that are drilled, bored, or driven

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'grab' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4571

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'grab' in Verbs Frequency: #583

Anagrams of grab

  1. Brag

Translations for grab

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to seize, grasp or take suddenly

He grabbed a biscuit.

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