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grab

grab

 
 
pronunciation:
graeb
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
up for grabs
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: grabbed, grabbing, grabs
definition 1: to take hold of suddenly or forcefully; grasp.
The man grabbed his hat and rushed out.
synonyms:
clutch, grasp, nab, nail, seize, snag, snatch
similar words:
catch, clasp, grapple, grip, hook, latch onto, pluck, snap, take
definition 2: to occupy or possess by illegal or unethical means.
The general grabbed territory from the neighboring country.
synonyms:
appropriate, capture, expropriate
similar words:
commandeer, confiscate, misappropriate, seize, usurp
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to make a sudden snatch (usu. fol. by at or for).
She grabbed for her gun.
synonyms:
grasp, seize, snatch
similar words:
catch, clutch, pluck
definition 2: of machinery, to function with a sudden jolt.
similar words:
catch, jerk, jolt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or an instance of grabbing.
synonyms:
grasp, seizure, snatch
similar words:
catch, clutch, grapple, grip, pluck, snap
definition 2: the illegal or unethical seizure of something such as land or territory.
synonyms:
appropriation, capture, expropriation
similar words:
confiscation, seizure, squatting, usurpation
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phrase: up for grabs
derivation: grabber (n.)