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
  1. verb
    take or grasp suddenly
    “She grabbed the child's hand and ran out of the room”
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    clutch, prehend, seize
    take hold of; grab
  2. verb
    get hold of or seize quickly and easily
    synonyms: snaffle, snap up
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    take greedily; take more than one's share
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    take into one's possession
  3. verb
    take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
    Grab the elevator door!”
    synonyms: catch, take hold of
    be the catcher
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    spear with a harpoon
    catch or try to catch fish or shellfish
    catch with a hook
    net, nett
    catch with a net
    intercept, stop
    seize on its way
    fish for crab
    fish with a seine; catch fish with a seine
    scallop, scollop
    fish for scallops
    fish with a handline over the rails of a boat
    haul fish aboard with brails
    fish with a hook
    fish for shrimp
    net fish
    fish with nets
    hunt shark
    fish with trawlers
    fish with the line and bait resting still or stationary in the water
    hook by a pull on the line
    fish for prawns
    cut off, cut out
    cut off and stop
    type of:
    clutch, prehend, seize
    take hold of; grab
  4. verb
    make a grasping or snatching motion with the hand
    “The passenger grabbed for the oxygen mask”
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  5. verb
    capture the attention or imagination of
    “This story will grab you”
    synonyms: seize
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    fascinate, intrigue
    cause to be interested or curious
  6. verb
    obtain illegally or unscrupulously
    Grab power”
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    come into possession of
  7. noun
    the act of catching an object with the hands
    “he made a grab for the ball before it landed”
    synonyms: catch, snap, snatch
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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
    (American football) the act of catching a football by a player on the opposing team
    (American football) the act of catching a pass in football
    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
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    touch, touching
    the act of putting two things together with no space between them
  8. noun
    a mechanical device for gripping an object
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    mechanical device
    mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
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