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snap

verb  /snæp/ (-pp-) us  

snap verb (BREAK)

[I/T] to break something quickly with a cracking sound: [I] High winds caused some power lines to snap, and we lost our electricity. [I/T] fig. People who snap suddenly lose control of their behavior when they experience very strong emotions: [I] His lawyer said he just snapped.

snap verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

to move (something) or change into a new position quickly: [M] The sudden stop of the car snapped his head back. If you snap your fingers, you make a sudden, cracking noise by pushing a finger against the base of your thumb, usually in order to get someone’s attention.

snap verb (FASTEN/CLOSE)

[I/T] to make a quick, cracking sound by suddenly bringing together the two parts of something: [T] She snapped her briefcase shut and marched out of the room. [I/T] If a dog snaps at you, it suddenly tries to bite you.

snap verb (SPEAK)

[I/T] to speak or say something suddenly in anger: [I] Don’t snap at your brother like that.

snap verb (TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS)

[T] to use a camera to take a photograph without spending a lot of time doing it: Washington is full of tourists snapping pictures of each other.
Phrasal verbs

snap

noun  /snæp/ us  

snap noun (SOMETHING EASY)

[C usually sing] infml something that can be done without any difficulty: Thinking that the exam would be a snap, she didn’t bother to study for it.

snap noun (THING THAT FASTENS)

[C usually pl] a small clothes fastener with two round parts, one of which is pushed into the other: The shirt fastens with snaps.

snap noun (BREAK)

[C usually sing] the act of breaking something stiff, or the cracking sound made when it breaks: The plastic handle broke with a loud snap.

snap

adjective  /snæp/ us  

snap adjective (SUDDEN)

done suddenly without allowing time for careful thought or preparation: Don’t make a snap decision – take some time to think it over.
(Definition of snap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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