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snatch

snatch

 
 
pronunciation:
snaech
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
features:
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: snatched, snatches, snatching
definition: to seize or try to seize something, esp. with a quick or sudden movement (usu. fol. by at).
The dog snatched at the food, but couldn't reach it.
synonyms:
clutch, grab
similar words:
grasp, pluck, seize, snap, yank
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to take quickly or suddenly; grab.
He snatched the book from my hands.
synonyms:
grab, nab, pluck, seize, snap
similar words:
clutch, jerk, whip, wrest, yank
definition 2: to take or get when the chance presents itself.
Let's snatch a few hours of sleep.
synonyms:
nab
similar words:
catch, grab, liberate
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or an instance of seizing something quickly.
synonyms:
grab
similar words:
clutch, pluck, snap
definition 2: a short period, as of sleep.
synonyms:
bit, spell
definition 3: a small amount or fragment; bit.
We heard only snatches of the debate.
synonyms:
bit, fragment, snippet
similar words:
catch
definition 4: (slang) an act of kidnapping.
synonyms:
abduction, kidnapping
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derivation: snatcher (n.)