Meaning of grab


Pronunciation: (grab), [key]
— v., n. grabbed, grab•bing,
  1. to seize suddenly or quickly; snatch; clutch: He grabbed me by the collar.
  2. to take illegal possession of; seize forcibly or unscrupulously: to grab land.
  3. to obtain and consume quickly: Let's grab a sandwich before going to the movie.
  4. How does my idea grab you?
    1. to cause a reaction in; affect:How does my idea grab you?
    2. to arouse the interest or excitement of:The book was O.K., but it just didn't grab me.
  1. to make a grasping or clutching motion (usually fol. by at): He grabbed frantically at the life preserver.
  2. (of brakes, a clutch, etc.) to take hold suddenly or with a jolting motion; bind.
  1. a sudden, quick grasp or snatch: to make a grab at something.
  2. seizure or acquisition by violent or unscrupulous means.
  3. something that is grabbed.
  4. a mechanical device for gripping objects.
  5. the capacity to hold or adhere: The glue was so old it had lost its grab.
  6. available to anyone willing to expend the energy to get it: The Republican nomination for mayor was up for grabs.


Pronunciation: (grab), [key]
— n.
  1. an Oriental ship having two or three masts with a square rig.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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