There are 2 main definitions of nab in English:


Syllabification: nab

verb (nabs, nabbing, nabbed)

[with object] informal
1Catch (someone) doing something wrong: Olympic drug tests nabbed another athlete yesterday
More example sentences
  • Why announce his arrest to the world before actually nabbing him?
  • That is why when Delhi Police nabbed him on June 9 on charges of violating the Official Secrets Act, fellow journalists were amazed.
  • He was nabbed by members of the Garda National Drugs Unit in December 1998 when he was caught sneaking into the country and jailed for a year.
catch, capture, apprehend, arrest, seize, grab
informal nail, pull in, pick up
1.1Take, grab, or steal (something): Dan nabbed the seat next to mine
More example sentences
  • He reached into the trunk of the taxi and grabbed his suitcase, nabbing the bottle.
  • Tucker lifted his fork and nabbed a piece from Merissa.
  • Nonetheless, he was openly delighted at nabbing the final seat in the ward.


late 17th century (also as napp; compare with kidnap): of unknown origin.

Definition of nab in:

There are 2 main definitions of nab in English:


Syllabification: NAB


1National Association of Broadcasters.