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grab 1

 (grăb)
v. grabbed, grab·bing, grabs
v.tr.
1. To take or grasp suddenly: grabbed the letter from me.
2. To capture or restrain; arrest.
3. To obtain or appropriate unscrupulously or forcibly: grab public funds; grab power.
4. To take hurriedly: grabbed my coat and hat and left.
5. Slang To capture the attention of: a plot that grabs the reader.
v.intr.
To make a grasping or snatching motion: We grabbed for the life raft.
n.
1.
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).
2. A mechanical device for gripping an object.
adj.
Relating or being an object or device that is grabbed or gripped for support or balance: installed a grab bar in the shower.
Idiom:
up for grabs Slang
Available for anyone to take or win: "The reputation of the ... king is still up for grabs" (William Zinsser).

[Obsolete Dutch or Low German grabben, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German; see ghrebh-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

grab′ba·ble adj.
grab′ber n.

grab 2

 (grăb)
n.
A usually two-masted, sharp-prowed coastal vessel of the Indian Ocean.

[Arabic ġurāb, raven, swift galley; see ġrb in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]

grab

(ɡræb)
vb, grabs, grabbing or grabbed
1. to seize hold of (something)
2. (tr) to seize illegally or unscrupulously
3. (tr) to arrest; catch
4. (Automotive Engineering) (intr) (of a brake or clutch in a vehicle) to grip and release intermittently causing juddering
5. (tr) informal to catch the attention or interest of; impress
n
6. the act or an instance of grabbing
7. (Mechanical Engineering) a mechanical device for gripping objects, esp the hinged jaws of a mechanical excavator
8. something that is grabbed
9. up for grabs informal available to be bought, claimed, or won
[C16: probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch grabben; related to Swedish grabba, Sanskrit grbhnāti he seizes]
ˈgrabber n

grab

(græb)

v. grabbed, grab•bing,
n. v.t.
1. 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.
4. Informal.
a. to cause a reaction in; affect: How does my idea grab you?
b. to arouse the interest or excitement of.
v.i.
5. to make a grasping or clutching motion.
6. (of brakes, a clutch, etc.) to take hold suddenly or with a jolting motion.
n.
7. 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.
Idioms:
up for grabs, available to whoever expends the necessary energy, money, or ingenuity first.
[1580–90; akin to Middle Dutch, Middle Low German grabben, Swedish grabba]
grab′ba•ble, adj.
grab′ber, n.

grab


Past participle: grabbed
Gerund: grabbing

Imperative
grab
grab
Present
I grab
you grab
he/she/it grabs
we grab
you grab
they grab
Preterite
I grabbed
you grabbed
he/she/it grabbed
we grabbed
you grabbed
they grabbed
Present Continuous
I am grabbing
you are grabbing
he/she/it is grabbing
we are grabbing
you are grabbing
they are grabbing
Present Perfect
I have grabbed
you have grabbed
he/she/it has grabbed
we have grabbed
you have grabbed
they have grabbed
Past Continuous
I was grabbing
you were grabbing
he/she/it was grabbing
we were grabbing
you were grabbing
they were grabbing
Past Perfect
I had grabbed
you had grabbed
he/she/it had grabbed
we had grabbed
you had grabbed
they had grabbed
Future
I will grab
you will grab
he/she/it will grab
we will grab
you will grab
they will grab
Future Perfect
I will have grabbed
you will have grabbed
he/she/it will have grabbed
we will have grabbed
you will have grabbed
they will have grabbed
Future Continuous
I will be grabbing
you will be grabbing
he/she/it will be grabbing
we will be grabbing
you will be grabbing
they will be grabbing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been grabbing
you have been grabbing
he/she/it has been grabbing
we have been grabbing
you have been grabbing
they have been grabbing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been grabbing
you will have been grabbing
he/she/it will have been grabbing
we will have been grabbing
you will have been grabbing
they will have been grabbing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been grabbing
you had been grabbing
he/she/it had been grabbing
we had been grabbing
you had been grabbing
they had been grabbing
Conditional
I would grab
you would grab
he/she/it would grab
we would grab
you would grab
they would grab
Past Conditional
I would have grabbed
you would have grabbed
he/she/it would have grabbed
we would have grabbed
you would have grabbed
they would have grabbed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grab - a mechanical device for gripping an objectgrab - a mechanical device for gripping an object
mechanical device - mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
2.grab - the act of catching an object with the handsgrab - 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"
touching, touch - the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights"
fair catch - (American football) a catch of a punt on the fly by a defensive player who has signalled that he will not run and so should not be tackled
interception - (American football) the act of catching a football by a player on the opposing team
reception - (American football) the act of catching a pass in football; "the tight end made a great reception on the 20 yard line"
rebound - the act of securing possession of the rebounding basketball after a missed shot
shoestring catch - (baseball) a running catch made near the ground
interlock, interlocking, meshing, mesh - the act of interlocking or meshing; "an interlocking of arms by the police held the crowd in check"
Verb1.grab - take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of; "Catch the ball!"; "Grab the elevator door!"
catch - be the catcher; "Who is catching?"
harpoon - spear with a harpoon; "harpoon whales"
fish - catch or try to catch fish or shellfish; "I like to go fishing on weekends"
clutch, prehend, seize - take hold of; grab; "The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter"; "She clutched her purse"; "The mother seized her child by the arm"; "Birds of prey often seize small mammals"
hook - catch with a hook; "hook a fish"
nett, net - catch with a net; "net a fish"
intercept, stop - seize on its way; "The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace"
2.grab - get hold of or seize quickly and easily; "I snapped up all the good buys during the garage sale"
take - take into one's possession; "We are taking an orphan from Romania"; "I'll take three salmon steaks"
hog - take greedily; take more than one's share
3.grab - make a grasping or snatching motion with the hand; "The passenger grabbed for the oxygen mask"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
4.grab - obtain illegally or unscrupulously; "Grab power"
obtain - come into possession of; "How did you obtain the visa?"
5.grab - take or grasp suddenly; "She grabbed the child's hand and ran out of the room"
clutch, prehend, seize - take hold of; grab; "The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter"; "She clutched her purse"; "The mother seized her child by the arm"; "Birds of prey often seize small mammals"
6.grab - capture the attention or imagination of; "This story will grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination"
fascinate, intrigue - cause to be interested or curious

grab

verb snatch, catch, seize, capture, bag, grip, grasp, clutch, snap up, pluck, latch on to, catch or take hold of I managed to grab her hand.
noun lunge I made a grab for the knife.
up for grabs available, for sale, on the market, to be had, up for sale, obtainable The famous Ritz Hotel is up for grabs for £100 million.

grab

verb
1. To get hold of (something moving):
Informal: nab.
Idiom: lay hands on.
2. To take firmly with the hand and maintain a hold on:
3. To take quick and forcible possession of:
Idiom: help oneself to.
4. Slang. To compel, as the attention, interest, or imagination, of:
noun
The act of catching, especially a sudden taking and holding:
Translations
إخْتِطاف، إنتزاعيَخْتَطِفيَغْتَصِب أرْضايَقْبِضُ
popadnouturvatchňapnutí
få fat igribegribe fat isnuppe
tarttuavangitakourapidättäätarrata
zgrabiti
hirtelen megragadásmarkológépmegfogásmegragadás
grípaòrífa í, hrifsasölsa undir sig
ひっつかむ
움켜잡다
griebimasgriebtigrobtistvėrimasstverti
grābienspiesavinātiessagrābtsatverttvēriens
chmatnutieuchmatnúťuchytiť
iztrgatizagrabiti
ta tag i
จับฉวย
ele geçirmekgaspkapmakapmakkavramak
tóm

grab

[græb]
A. N
1. (= snatch) to make a grab at or for sthintentar agarrar algo
it's all up for grabsestá a disposición de cualquiera
2. (esp Brit) (Tech) → cuchara f
B. VT
1. (= seize) → coger, agarrar (LAm); (greedily) → echar mano a
to grab sth from sbarrebatarle algo a algn
to grab hold of sth/sbagarrar algo/a algn
2. (fig) [+ chance etc] → aprovechar
I'll just grab a quick showerme voy a dar una ducha rápida
we can grab a sandwich on the waycomeremos un bocadillo por el camino
I managed to grab him before he leftconseguí pillarle antes de que se marchara
3. (= attract, appeal to) how does that grab you?¿qué te parece?
that really grabbed meaquello me entusiasmó de verdad
it doesn't grab meno me va
C. VI to grab at (= snatch) → tratar de coger or (LAm) agarrar; (in falling) → tratar de asir

grab

[ˈgræb]
vt
[+ person] → saisir, empoigner
to grab sb by the arm → saisir qn par le bras
to grab hold of sb → empoigner qn
[+ thing] → saisir
to grab hold of sth → attraper qch
I was desperately trying to grab hold of something solid → J'essayais désespérément de m'agripper à quelque chose de stable.
[+ property, power] → s'emparer de
[+ drink, sandwich] → se prendre
to grab a few hours' sleep → s'accorder quelques heures de sommeil
[+ chance, opportunity] → saisir
to grab sb's attention → attirer l'attention de qn
vi
to grab at sth → essayer de saisir qch
n
to make a grab for sth → faire un mouvement vif pour saisir qch
to be up for grabs (= available) → être disponiblegrab bag n (US) sac où l'on pioche des petits cadeaux

grab

n
Griff m; to make a grab at or for somethingnach etw greifen or schnappen (inf)
(Mech) → Greifer m
(inf) to be up for grabszu haben sein (inf); there are big prizes up for grabses gibt tolle Preise zu gewinnen; grab bag (US) → Glücksbeutel m, → Grabbelsack m
vt
(= seize)packen; (greedily) → packen, sich (dat)schnappen (inf); (= take, obtain)wegschnappen (inf); moneyraffen; (inf: = catch) personschnappen (inf); chancebeim Schopf ergreifen (inf); attentionauf sich (acc)ziehen; he grabbed (hold of) my sleeveer packte mich am Ärmel; to grab something away from somebodyjdm etw wegreißen; to grab something to eat (inf) to grab a bite (inf)schnell was essen; I’ll just grab a sandwich (inf)ich esse nur schnell ein Sandwich; I’ll just grab a nap (inf)ich mache nur schnell ein Nickerchen (inf); to grab the headlinesSchlagzeilen machen
(inf: = appeal to) → anmachen (inf); it didn’t grab medas hat mich nicht angemacht (inf); how does that grab you?wie findest du das?, was meinst du dazu?
vi(hastig) zugreifen or zupacken; to grab atgreifen or grapschen (inf)nach, packen (+acc); he grabbed at the chance of promotioner ließ sich die Chance, befördert zu werden, nicht entgehen; help yourselves, children, but don’t grabgreift zu, Kinder, aber nicht so hastig

grab

[græb]
1. n
a. (snatch) to make a grab at or for sthcercare di afferrare qc
b. (Tech) → benna
2. vt (seize) → afferrare, acchiappare; (property, power) → impossessarsi di, impadronirsi di; (greedily) → agguantare (fig) (chance) → cogliere al volo
to grab sth from sb → strappare qc di mano a qn
3. vi to grab attentare disperatamente di afferrare; (in falling) → cercare di aggrapparsi a

grab

(grab) past tense, past participle grabbed verb
1. to seize, grasp or take suddenly. He grabbed a biscuit.
2. to get by rough or illegal means. Many people tried to grab land when oil was discovered in the district.
noun
a sudden attempt to grasp or seize. He made a grab at the boy.
grab at
to try to grasp, seize or take, not necessarily successfully. He grabbed at the boy; He grabbed at the chance to leave.

grab

يَقْبِضُ popadnout gribe ergreifen αρπάζω agarrar tarttua attraper zgrabiti afferrare ひっつかむ 움켜잡다 grijpen gripe porwać agarrar хватать ta tag i จับฉวย kavramak tóm 抢夺
References in classic literature ?
But I am going now to keep a sharp look-out on him; and if I see anything very suspicious going on, I'll just take him by the nape of his neck, and say --Look here, Beelzebub, you don't do it; and if he makes any fuss, by the Lord I'll make a grab into his pocket for his tail, take it to the capstan, and give him such a wrenching and heaving, that his tail will come short off at the stump --do you see; and then, I rather guess when he finds himself docked in that queer fashion, he'll sneak off without the poor satisfaction of feeling his tail between his legs.
He might grab that wad of bills and be out of sight in the darkness before the other could collect his wits.
said Quimbo, throwing down a coarse bag, which contained a peck of corn; "thar, nigger, grab, take car on 't,--yo won't get no more, dis yer week.
Once when I turned short and dodged under his arm he made a grab and got me by the jacket between my shoulders, and I thought I was gone; but I slid out of the jacket quick as lightning, and saved myself.
As indeed it was; for as sorely as Tom's hands itched to grab for it they did not dare -- he believed his soul would be instantly destroyed if he did such a thing while the prayer was going on.
She sot down," said Joe, "and she got up, and she made a grab at Tickler, and she Ram-paged out.
When the Count saw my face, his eyes blazed with a sort of demoniac fury, and he suddenly made a grab at my throat.
Only once he failed to seize the cabin-door handle at the first grab.
For example, I noticed that nothing was more common than for another's hand to stretch out and grab one's winnings whenever one had won.
and he made to grab at Kim's bare foot beating rhythmically on the carriage floor.
We were climbing a precipitous path sufficiently dangerous in the dark, Dominic, more familiar with it, going first and I scrambling close behind in order that I might grab at his cloak if I chanced to slip or miss my footing.
The croupier wouldn't give them up, you know, so I had to grab them and run.