AskDefine | Define grab

Dictionary Definition



1 a mechanical device for gripping an object
2 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" [syn: catch, snatch, snap]


1 take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of; "Catch the ball!"; "Grab the elevator door!" [syn: catch, take hold of]
2 get hold of or seize quickly and easily; "I snapped up all the good buys during the garage sale" [syn: snap up, snaffle]
3 make a grasping or snatching motion with the hand; "The passenger grabbed for the oxygen mask"
4 obtain illegally or unscrupulously; "Grab power"
5 take or grasp suddenly; "She grabbed the child's hand and ran out of the room"
6 capture the attention or imagination of; "This story will grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination" [syn: seize] [also: grabbing, grabbed]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Grab



  • /græb/
  • Rhymes with: -æb


  1. to make a sudden grasping or clutching motion (at something)
  2. to restrain someone; to arrest
  3. to grip the attention; to enthrall


to make a sudden grasping or clutching motion (at something)
to restrain someone; to arrest
  • Albanian: kap
  • Finnish: pidättää, vangita
  • Spanish: detener, arrestar
to grip the attention; to enthrall
  • Albanian: kap
  • Finnish: vangita


  1. the act of grabbing something or someone
  2. a mechanical device that grabs

Derived terms


the act of grabbing something or someone
a mechanical device that grabs



  • lang=pl|[grap]


  1. hornbeam, any tree of genus Carpinus


Extensive Definition

Grab may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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