(noun, verb)


1. a mechanical device for gripping an object

Definition categories: man–made

2. the act of catching an object with the hands

- he made a grab for the ball before it landed

Similar word(s): catch, snap, snatch

Definition categories: act, touch, touching


1. take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of

- Grab the elevator door!

Similar word(s): catch

Definition categories: contact, clutch, prehend, seize

2. get hold of or seize quickly and easily

Similar word(s): snaffle

Definition categories: possession, take

3. make a grasping or snatching motion with the hand

- The passenger grabbed for the oxygen mask

Definition categories: motion, move

4. obtain illegally or unscrupulously

- Grab power

Definition categories: possession, obtain

5. take or grasp suddenly

- She grabbed the child's hand and ran out of the room

Definition categories: contact, clutch, prehend, seize

6. capture the attention or imagination of

- This story will grab you

Similar word(s): seize

Definition categories: cognition, fascinate, intrigue

Sentences with grab as a verb:

- I grabbed her hand to pull her back from the cliff edge.

- The suspect suddenly broke free and grabbed at the policeman's gun.

- We'll just grab a sandwich and then we'll be on our way.

- Is there time to grab a coffee?