grab

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[ grab ]
/ græb /

verb (used with object), grabbed, grab·bing.

verb (used without object), grabbed, grab·bing.

to make a grasping or clutching motion (usually followed by at): He grabbed frantically at the life preserver.
(of brakes, a clutch, etc.) to take hold suddenly or with a jolting motion; bind.

noun

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Idioms for grab

    up for grabs, Informal. available to anyone willing to expend the energy to get it: The Republican nomination for mayor was up for grabs.

Origin of grab

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1580–90; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German grabben,Swedish grabba

OTHER WORDS FROM grab

grab·ba·ble, adjectiveun·grab·bing, adjective

Definition for grab (2 of 2)

grab2
[ grab ]
/ græb /

noun

a ship having two or three masts with a square rig, common on the Malabar Coast in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Origin of grab

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First recorded in 1670–80, grab is from the Arabic word ghurāb literally, raven
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British Dictionary definitions for grab

grab
/ (ɡræb) /

verb grabs, grabbing or grabbed

noun

Derived forms of grab

grabber, noun

Word Origin for grab

C16: probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch grabben; related to Swedish grabba, Sanskrit grbhnāti he seizes
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Idioms and Phrases with grab

grab

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