Definition of grab in English:


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Pronunciation: /grab

verb (grabs, grabbing, grabbed)

[with object]
  • 2 [usually with negative or in questions] informal Attract the attention of; make an impression on: how does that grab you?
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    • Yep, I'm using an attention grabbing headline again to get you to read the article.
    • The voice is so attention grabbing, right from the first paragraph.
    • I try to strike a balance between attention grabbing and classical designs.


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  • 1A quick sudden clutch or attempt to seize: he made a grab at the pistol
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    • As soon as I put weight on my feet I lost my balance and fell, only a quick grab for the headboard of my bed saved me from crashing to the floor.
    • Many companies want to make a quick grab for market share or return on investment, and with high prices both objectives can be harder to achieve.
    • I made a quick grab for her and pulled her down to the bed with me.
    lunge for, attempt to grab
  • 1.1 [usually with modifier] Computing A frame of video or television footage, digitized and stored as a still image in a computer memory for subsequent display, printing, or editing: I’ve added frame grabs to give a good flavour of what the film is all about
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    • One exception could be the ability to take screen grabs from live video and ship them immediately via e-mail.
    • The exhibit features a mélange of mediums, including drawings, photocopied photographs and video frame grabs.
    • They had used video grabs taken 2km into the march every three minutes throughout the five hour event.
  • 2A mechanical device for clutching, lifting, and moving things, especially materials in bulk.
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    • The lessons had still not been learned by November the following year, when the mechanical grab ripped up part of a late medieval barge near Trig Stairs.
    • Their modern tracked cranes equipped with grabs and magnets can be seen operating at the dockside in Sligo harbour.
  • 2.1 [as modifier] Denoting a bar or strap for people to hold on to for support or in a moving vehicle: a grab rail
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    • A fall in a shower or bath without a suction fixed rubber mat or grab bars is dangerous.
    • Wall-mounted units can break away when subjected to the patient's weight unless they are reinforced with grab bars.
    • Elsewhere removal of tripping hazards, installing grab bars and living on a single floor all help.


up for grabs

informal Available: a £1 million jackpot is up for grabs
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  • The competition features nine categories and there are plenty of cash prizes up for grabs.
  • There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs so get dressed up and come along.
  • A winner will be drawn at each meeting and there are a variety of attractive prizes up for grabs.
available, obtainable, to be had, there for the taking; up for sale, on the market, waiting to be bought; untaken, unengaged
informal yours for the asking, on tap, gettable



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  • We are here to complain about the land grabbers who took our home away.
  • There was a huge amount of sympathy while others called us liars and money grabbers,’ he said.
  • They are the humble citizens who do their duties without the pomp and ceremony of media grabbers and they refuse to be seduced into a lifestyle that provides the temptation to shred all forms of decency.


late 16th century: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch grabben; perhaps related to grip, gripe, and grope.

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