grab

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Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
grab

Third-person singular
grabs

Past tense
grabbed

Past participle
grabbed

Present participle
grabbing

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you grab something, you quickly reach out and take it in your hand.
    A strong hand grabbed her arm and pulled her backward.
    I stood up quickly and grabbed my purse from the back of the chair.
    He grabbed a handful of nuts from the bowl.
  2. (transitive) If something grabs the headlines, it suddenly becomes a major news story.
    Scientists at the school grabbed headlines last week with their discovery of a new kind of fat.

Synonyms[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
grab

Plural
grabs

  1. (countable) If you make a grab for something, you try to get it.
    I made a grab for his hand and the knife flew out the door.
    With the weak government, observers believe that the military might make a grab for power.