grab

When you grab something, you clutch at it. When a party-goer breaks open a piñata, the other guests usually grab wildly at the candy that cascades out of it.

You can grab for the string of a balloon as it floats away, or grab your friend in a hug. Another way to grab is to make an impression: "When I hear a marching band, it grabs my attention." A "grab bag" is a random mixture of things, or a bag of goodies you can reach into and grab from. If something's "up for grabs." it's available: "This last piece of pie is up for grabs!"

Definitions of grab
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v take or grasp suddenly

“She grabbed the child's hand and ran out of the room”
Type of:
clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab

v get hold of or seize quickly and easily

Synonyms:
snaffle, snap up
Types:
hog
take greedily; take more than one's share
Type of:
take
take into one's possession

v take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of

Grab the elevator door!”
Synonyms:
catch, take hold of
catch
be the catcher
Types:
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harpoon
spear with a harpoon
fish
catch or try to catch fish or shellfish
hook
catch with a hook
net, nett
catch with a net
intercept, stop
seize on its way
crab
fish for crab
seine
fish with a seine; catch fish with a seine
scallop, scollop
fish for scallops
rail
fish with a handline over the rails of a boat
brail
haul fish aboard with brails
angle
fish with a hook
shrimp
fish for shrimp
net fish
fish with nets
shark
hunt shark
trawl
fish with trawlers
still-fish
fish with the line and bait resting still or stationary in the water
seize
hook by a pull on the line
prawn
fish for prawns
cut off, cut out
cut off and stop
Type of:
clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab

v make a grasping or snatching motion with the hand

“The passenger grabbed for the oxygen mask”
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v capture the attention or imagination of

“This story will grab you”
Synonyms:
seize
Type of:
fascinate, intrigue
cause to be interested or curious

v obtain illegally or unscrupulously

Grab power”
Type of:
obtain
come into possession of

n the act of catching an object with the hands

“he made a grab for the ball before it landed”
Synonyms:
catch, snap, snatch
Types:
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fair catch
(American football) a catch of a punt on the fly by a defensive player who has signalled that he will not run and so should not be tackled
interception
(American football) the act of catching a football by a player on the opposing team
reception
(American football) the act of catching a pass in football
rebound
the act of securing possession of the rebounding basketball after a missed shot
shoestring catch
(baseball) a running catch made near the ground
interlock, interlocking, mesh, meshing
the act of interlocking or meshing
Type of:
touch, touching
the act of putting two things together with no space between them

n a mechanical device for gripping an object

Type of:
mechanical device
mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles

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