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Grab appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Grandma Gabby Grammer grabbed a gram of gummy goulash.
    If Grandma Gabby Grammer grabbed a gram of gummy goulash,
    How many grams of gummy goulash did Grandma Gabby Grammer grab?

Grab appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Fox nymphs grab quick-jived waltz. (28 letters)
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Grab appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Barge Dave, evade grab.
  • No waste, grab a bar, get saw on.
  • To grab an igloo, cool gin a bar got.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun grab:

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Grab is sometimes a misspelling of grabbed.

The word grab is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun grab

What does grab mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: grabs

  1. a mechanical device for gripping an object
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: mechanical device = mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
  2. the act of catching an object with the hands
    • example: he made a grab for the ball before it landed
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of grab: catch / snap / snatch
    • more generic words: touch / touching = the act of putting two things together with no space between them
    • more specific terms:
      • fair catch = a catch of a punt on the fly by a defensive player who has signalled that he will not run and so should not be tackled
      • interception = the act of catching a football by a player on the opposing team
      • reception = the act of catching a pass in football
      • rebound = the act of securing possession of the rebounding basketball after a missed shot
      • shoestring catch = a running catch made near the ground
      • interlocking / interlock / meshing / mesh = the act of interlocking or meshing

Alternative definition of the noun grab


  1. a sudden snatch (for something)
  2. a mechanical device that grabs

Definition of the verb grab

What does grab mean as a doing word?

Grab is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: grabbed, grabbing

  1. take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
  2. get hold of or seize quickly and easily
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of grab: snaffle / snap up
    • more generic word: take = take into one's possession
    • more specific word: hog = take greedily
  3. make a grasping or snatching motion with the hand
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]She held his arm
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] by [Oblique, body part]She held him by the arm

      Hold Verbs (with the same syntax): clasp, clutch, grasp, grip, handle, hold, pull, push, seize, tug, wield, yank.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  4. obtain illegally or unscrupulously
  5. take or grasp suddenly
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: clutch / prehend / seize = take hold of
  6. capture the attention or imagination of
    • example: This story will grab you
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of grab: seize
    • more generic words: fascinate / intrigue = cause to be interested or curious

Alternative definition of the verb grab


  1. to make a sudden grasping or clutching motion (at something)
  2. to restrain someone; to arrest
  3. to grip the attention; to enthrall
  4. [informal] to quickly collect or retrieve


  1. Grab is a village in Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to the 1991 census, the village is located in the municipality of Ljubuški.
  2. Grab is a village in the municipality of Lučani, Serbia. According to the 2002 census, the village has a population of 315 people.
  3. Grab is a peak in northern Kosovo, on the border with Serbia.
  4. Grab a.k.a. Grab, Kentucky: Grab is an unincorporated community in Green, Kentucky, United States.


"Grab" is a composition.


"Grab" is a 2011 documentary film directed by Billy Luther.


  1. Grab is an application created by Apple Inc. for Mac OS X, used to take screenshots. Grab is also present in OS X's progenitors NeXTSTEP and OpenStep. It supports capturing a marquee selection, whole window, whole screen, and timed screen. Grab can be found in the Utilities folder under Applications, or by typing in /Applications/Utilities/ in Finder. The Grab utility can also be found in the Finder as a menu item by selecting "Services", then going to "Grab". The only image format for screenshots taken by Grab is TIFF.
  2. Grab: A grab is a mechanical device with two or more jaws, used to pick things up or to capture things.
  3. Grab is a Chicago, Illinois LGBT entertainment magazine. The biweekly publication is distributed free in the Greater Chicago area. Founded in 2009 by Stacy Bridges and Mark Nagel.
  4. Grab a.k.a. RAB3A interacting protein (rabin3)-like 1 is a gene.
    • also known as guanine nucleotide exchange factor for Rab3A

Phrases with Grab

Phrases starting with the word Grab:

  1. grab bag
  2. grab bar
  3. Grab and Go
  4. grab sample
  5. Grab Some Pine

Phrases ending with the word Grab:

  1. to grab
  2. Take a Grab
  3. Smash and grab

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Grab

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Google previewForeign Capital Flows and Economic Development in Africa (2017)

The Impact of BRICS versus OECD by Evelyn Wamboye, Esubalew Alehegn Tiruneh

Land grab is an excellent example of poor and repressive elite governance in Ethiopia. Land grab means expropriation. The government expropriates and gives farmlands ...

Google previewBlue Future (2014)

Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever by Maude Barlow

grain, “Squeezing Africa Dry: Behind Every Land Grab Is a Water Grab,” grain ...

Google previewMastering Pike on the Fly (2004)

Strategies and Techniques by Barry Reynolds

The snake grab is the most humane way to handle pike in the water. This can be accomplished by grabbing the...

snake grab is a highly effective way to handle and control small and medium-sized pike. Larger pike can also be handled in this ...

Google previewClimate Change and Sustainable Development (2012)

Ethical Perspectives on Land Use and Food Production : EurSAFE 2012, Tübingen, Germany, 30 May-2 June 2012 by European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics. Congress

A significant driver motivating land grab is the promotion of biofuels (Clancy, 2008). Even though biofuels are generally considered a sustainable solution, it is widely contested whether they escape potential negative effects (Thompson, 2008).

Google previewImpact of Littoral Environmental Variability on Acoustic Predictions and Sonar Performance (2012)

by Nicholas G. Pace, Finn B. Jensen

CASS/GRAB model CASS/GRAB is an active and passive range dependent propagation, reverberation, and signal excess acoustic model and is accepted as the Navy's standard model. The GRAB model's main function is to calculate ...

Google previewThe Dynasty of the Kajars (1833)

To which is Prefixed, a Succinct Account of the History of Persia, Previous to that Period

t A grab is a prowed vessel." 1>2 DYNASTY OF THE KAJARS, 211.

Google previewThe Digital Dialectic (2000)

New Essays on New Media by Peter Lunenfeld

Thus, this introduction is titled "Screen Grabs," the first of many such liftings from technical manuals. A screen grab is a quick and dirty way to capture an ...

Google previewDictionary Of Civil Engineering (1992)

by John S. Scott

grab, g. bucket An excavating attachment hung from a crane or excavator. It is a split and hinged bucket fitted with curved jaws or teeth (tines) which dig while the bucket is being dropped and move together to ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Surfing (2005)

by Matt Warshaw

A "rail grab" is when the surfer grips the rail for added stability. See also chine rail , egg rail, 50/50 rail, outline, the surfboard, tucked-under rail. Rail grab by Hawaii's Bruce Irons tions— single- or double-handed — while in flight; gouging ...

Google previewSafire's Political Dictionary (2008)

by William Safire

power grab politicians.

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Usage statistics about grab

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun grab:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb grab:


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Quotes about Grab

Stretch your hands as far as they reach, grab all you can grab.
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Scrabble value of G2R1A1B3

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of GRAB

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