Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “snap”

snap

verb uk   /snæp/ (-pp-) us  

snap verb (BREAK)

C2 [I or T] to cause something that is thin to break suddenly and quickly with a cracking sound: You'll snap that ruler if you bend it too far. Some vandal's gone and snapped off my car aerial again. C2 [I] to suddenly become unable to control a strong feeling, especially anger: When she asked me to postpone my trip to help her move house, I just snapped (= got angry).

snap verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to move into a position quickly, producing a short noise as if breaking: Tendons store elastic energy by stretching and then snapping back into shape like rubber bands. Simply snap the pieces into place. [I + adv/prep] to quickly return to a previous place or condition: After substantial losses last year, the company has snapped back to profitability (= started making profits again). snap shut C2 If something snaps shut or is snapped shut, it closes quickly with a sudden sharp sound: She snapped her book shut and got up to leave. Her mouth snapped shut when she realized he'd heard everything she'd said about him.

snap verb (ANIMAL)

[I] If an animal snaps, it tries to bite someone: The guard dog was snarling and snapping behind the fence.

snap verb (SPEAK)

C2 [I or T] to say something suddenly in an angry way: There's no need to snap at me - it's not my fault that you lost your wallet. [+ speech] "Well, I hate you too!" she snapped.

snap verb (PHOTOGRAPH)

[I or T] to take a lot of photographs quickly: He was arrested for snapping photos of a military parade. She's very pleased with her new camera and was snapping away the whole time we were abroad.

snap

noun uk   /snæp/ us  

snap noun (BREAKING NOISE)

[C usually singular] a sudden loud sound like something breaking or closing: She broke the stick over her knee with a loud snap. [C] US for press stud

snap noun (PHOTOGRAPH)

[C] UK informal an informal photograph that is not very skilful or artistic: holiday snaps Did you take many snaps while you were away?

snap noun (GAME)

[U] a card game in which the players compete to call out the word 'snap' when they see two cards that have the same value: a game of snap

snap noun (SOMETHING EASY)

[S] US informal something that can be done without any difficulty: "Will you finish on time?" "Sure thing. It's a snap." Talking to girls is a snap for him.

snap

adjective [before noun] uk   /snæp/ us  
done suddenly without allowing time for careful thought or preparation: He always makes snap decisions and never thinks about their consequences.

snap

exclamation uk   /snæp/ us  
'Snap!' is what you say in the game of snap when two cards of the same value have been played. UK informal something that you say when you notice that two things are the same: Snap! We're wearing the same shirts!
(Definition of snap from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of snap?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Easiness and simplicity, but you might be interested in these topics from the Easy and difficult topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “snap” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

mutant

an organism that is different from others of its type because of a permanent change in its genes

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More