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snatch

snatch

 
 
pronunciation:
snaech
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
features:
Word Combinations (verb, noun)
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.
The snatch of his wallet had been so quick that he didn't realize till much later that it had been stolen.
synonyms:
grab
similar words:
clutch, pluck, snap
definition 2: a short period, as of sleep.
With the new baby waking often, she found she could only sleep in snatches.
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.
He was the one who planned the snatch.
synonyms:
abduction, kidnapping
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derivation: snatcher (n.)