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nab

 (năb)
tr.v. nabbed, nab·bing, nabs Informal
1. To seize (a fugitive or wrongdoer); arrest.
2. To grab; snatch.

[Perhaps variant of dialectal nap, to seize, probably of Scandinavian origin.]

nab′ber n.

nab

(næb)
vb (tr) , nabs, nabbing or nabbed
1. to arrest
2. to catch (someone) in wrongdoing
3. to seize suddenly; snatch
[C17: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish nappe, Swedish nappa to snatch. See kidnap]

nab

(næb)

v.t. nabbed, nab•bing. Informal.
1. to arrest or capture.
2. to catch or seize suddenly.
3. to snatch or steal.
[1675–85; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Dan nappe, Norwegian, Swedish nappa to snatch]
nab′ber, n.

NAB

nab


Past participle: nabbed
Gerund: nabbing

Imperative
nab
nab
Present
I nab
you nab
he/she/it nabs
we nab
you nab
they nab
Preterite
I nabbed
you nabbed
he/she/it nabbed
we nabbed
you nabbed
they nabbed
Present Continuous
I am nabbing
you are nabbing
he/she/it is nabbing
we are nabbing
you are nabbing
they are nabbing
Present Perfect
I have nabbed
you have nabbed
he/she/it has nabbed
we have nabbed
you have nabbed
they have nabbed
Past Continuous
I was nabbing
you were nabbing
he/she/it was nabbing
we were nabbing
you were nabbing
they were nabbing
Past Perfect
I had nabbed
you had nabbed
he/she/it had nabbed
we had nabbed
you had nabbed
they had nabbed
Future
I will nab
you will nab
he/she/it will nab
we will nab
you will nab
they will nab
Future Perfect
I will have nabbed
you will have nabbed
he/she/it will have nabbed
we will have nabbed
you will have nabbed
they will have nabbed
Future Continuous
I will be nabbing
you will be nabbing
he/she/it will be nabbing
we will be nabbing
you will be nabbing
they will be nabbing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been nabbing
you have been nabbing
he/she/it has been nabbing
we have been nabbing
you have been nabbing
they have been nabbing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been nabbing
you will have been nabbing
he/she/it will have been nabbing
we will have been nabbing
you will have been nabbing
they will have been nabbing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been nabbing
you had been nabbing
he/she/it had been nabbing
we had been nabbing
you had been nabbing
they had been nabbing
Conditional
I would nab
you would nab
he/she/it would nab
we would nab
you would nab
they would nab
Past Conditional
I would have nabbed
you would have nabbed
he/she/it would have nabbed
we would have nabbed
you would have nabbed
they would have nabbed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.nab - tag the base runner to get him outnab - tag the base runner to get him out  
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
tag - touch a player while he is holding the ball
2.nab - take into custodynab - take into custody; "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"
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"
3.nab - seize suddenly
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"

nab

verb catch, arrest, apprehend, seize, lift (slang), nick (slang, chiefly Brit.), grab, capture, nail (informal), collar (informal), snatch, catch in the act, feel your collar (slang) He killed 12 people before the authorities nabbed him.

nab

verb
1. Informal. To take into custody as a prisoner:
Informal: pick up.
Slang: bust, collar, pinch, run in.
2. Informal. To get hold of (something moving):
Idiom: lay hands on.
Translations
يَقْبِضُ على
chytitnačapatsebrat
snuppe
góma, grípa
sugauti
notvertpieķert
enselemekyakalamak

nab

[næb] VT (= grab) [+ thing] → agarrar; [+ person] → pillar; (= arrest) → pescar, coger, agarrar (LAm); (= steal) → robar, mangar (Sp)

nab

[ˈnæb] vt (= catch) → pincer, attraper

nab

vt (inf)
(= catch)erwischen; (police) → schnappen (inf), → erwischen (inf); the police nabbed him when he …die Polizei hat ihn dabei erwischt, wie er … (inf)
(= take for oneself)sich (dat)grapschen (inf); somebody had nabbed my seatmir hatte jemand den Platz geklaut (inf)

nab

[næb] vt (fam) (thief) → acciuffare, beccare; (person to speak to) → beccare, bloccare

nab

(nӕb) past tense, past participle nabbed verb
to take, catch or get hold of. The police nabbed the thief.
References in classic literature ?
If you see any runaway niggers you get help and nab them, and you can make some money by it.
Will you just turn this nab of heath, and walk into my house?
Ten to one, men, if you go ashore, you will get into some infernal row, and that will be the end of you; for if those tattooed scoundrels get you a little ways back into their valleys, they'll nab you--that you may be certain of.
I believe he knew who it was toward the end, but Nab was not the man to accuse you of what he couldn't prove.
History's on its own tracks once more, and I'll bet you it's dear old Nab on ours
Raffles, however, was in first-class training from first-class cricket, and he had no mercy on Nab or me.
But Raffles himself had abandoned the flight on hearing my downfall, and I was on hands and knees just in time to see the meeting between him and old Nab.
let the other fellow do so," said old Nab in a genial growl.
You may imagine with what alacrity we complied; and yet I am bound to confess that I had never liked Nab at school.
There was one thing Nab would have spotted like the downy old bird he always was and will be.
Nab would have pounced on the point, and by this time we might have been nabbed ourselves.
We will nab him as he climbs out," Lestrade whispered.