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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)
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