Pronunciation Verb

grab (grabs, present participle grabbing; past and past participle grabbed)

  1. (transitive) To grip suddenly; to seize; to clutch.
    I grabbed her hand to pull her back from the cliff edge.
  2. (intransitive) To make a sudden grasping or clutching motion (at something).
    The suspect suddenly broke free and grabbed at the policeman's gun.
  3. To restrain someone; to arrest.
  4. To grip the attention; to enthrall.
  5. (informal) To quickly collect or retrieve.
    • 1987 James Grady Just a Shot Away, Bantam, page 117:
      "I'll just grab my jacket," said Manh-Hung.
    • 1999 Jillian Dagg, Racing Hearts, Thomas Bouregy & Co., page 105:
      Hardly believing that Rafe actually planned to relax for a while, Kate nodded. "All right. Fine. I'll just go grab my purse."
    • 2009 Mike Taylor, A Thousand Sleeps, Tate Publishing, page 216:
      He looked at Albert and Ben, and then back to Nurse Allen. "I'll just grab my gear and be right back."
  6. (informal) To consume something quickly.
    We'll just grab a sandwich and then we'll be on our way.
    Is there time to grab a coffee?
  7. To take the opportunity of.
Translations Translations Translations Translations Noun


  1. (countable) A sudden snatch at something.
    • 1931 Harold M. Sherman, "The Baseball Clown," Boys' Life, volume 21, No. 4 (April 1931), Boy Scouts of America, page 47:
      The ball popped in and popped out, and when he made a grab for it on the ground he kicked it with his foot.
    • 2003 J Davey, Six Years of Darkness, Trafford Publishing, page 66:
      He made a grab for me and I swung my handbag at him as hard as I could.
  2. (countable) An acquisition by violent or unjust means.
  3. (countable) A mechanical device that grabs or clutches.
    1. A device for withdrawing drills, etc., from artesian and other wells that are drilled, bored, or driven.
  4. (countable, media) A sound bite.
  5. (obsolete) That which is seized.
  6. (uncountable) A simple card game.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • German: Greifer
  • Italian: benna, ruspa, calamita
  • Portuguese: agarrador
  • Russian: захва́т

grab (plural grabs)

  1. A two- or three-masted vessel used on the Malabar coast.

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