I. verb (grabbed; grabbing) Etymology: obsolete Dutch or Low German grabben Date: circa 1581 transitive verb 1. to take or seize by or as if by a sudden motion or grasp <
grab up an ax
grabbed the opportunity
grab attention
2. to obtain unscrupulously <
grab public lands
3. to take hastily <
grab a bite to eat
grab a cab
4. a. to seize the attention of <
the technique of grabbing an audience — Pauline Kael
b. to impress favorably and deeply intransitive verb to make a grab Synonyms: see takegrabber noun II. adjective Date: 1608 1. intended to be grabbed <
a grab rail
2. taken at random <
grab samples of rocks
III. noun Date: 1777 1. a. something grabbed b. a sudden snatch c. an unlawful or unscrupulous seizure 2. chiefly British a. a device for clutching an object b. clamshell 2a

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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