Grab - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡræb|  American pronunciation of the word grab
Brit.  |ɡræb|  British pronunciation of the word grab


- a mechanical device for gripping an object
- the act of catching an object with the hands(syn: catch, snap, snatch)


- take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of (syn: catch)
- get hold of or seize quickly and easily (syn: snaffle)
- make a grasping or snatching motion with the hand
- obtain illegally or unscrupulously
- take or grasp suddenly
- capture the attention or imagination of(syn: seize)


I have to go back in the house and grab my car keys.

The little boy grabbed onto his mother's leg and wouldn't let go.

I'll grab a taxi and meet you there.

Let's grab a bite to eat before the movie starts.

The store had a lot of nice stuff, but nothing really grabbed me.

The play grabs the audience from the opening scene.

One player in particular has been grabbing a lot of attention lately.

...a political activist who thinks the government's lease of public lands to logging companies amounts to an illegal land grab...

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

She grabbed at the branch.

The climber grabbed for the rope, but missed and fell to his death.

By the time we arrived, someone had grabbed all the good seats.

He knew the technique of grabbing an audience.

I grabbed my bag and ran off.

Two men grabbed her and pushed her to the ground.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: grab
he/she/it: grabs
present participle: grabbing
past tense: grabbed
past participle: grabbed
singular: grab
plural: grabs
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