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Meaning of “grab” in the English Dictionary

"grab" in British English

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grabverb

uk   us   /ɡræb/ (-bb-)
  • grab verb (TAKE WITH HAND)

B1 [I or T] to take ​hold of something or someone ​suddenly and ​roughly: A ​mugger grabbed her ​handbag as she was ​walkingacross the ​park. He grabbed (​hold of) his child's ​arm to ​stop her from ​running into the ​road.

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  • grab verb (TAKE OPPORTUNITY)

B2 [T] informal to take the ​opportunity to get, use, or ​enjoy something ​quickly: If you don't grab this ​opportunity, you might not get another one. We'd ​better get there early, or someone ​else will grab the ​bestseats. Let's just grab a ​quickbite.grab sb's attention C1 to ​attract someone's ​attention: With ​your first ​sentence you must grab the reader's ​attention.

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Phrasal verbs

grabnoun [C]

uk   us   /ɡræb/
grabby
uk   us   /ˈɡræb.i/ informal
Don't be so grabby (= ​trying to take things for yourself), Shirley. Let the ​others have ​theirshare.
(Definition of grab from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"grab" in American English

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grabverb [T]

 us   /ɡræb/ (-bb-)
to take or take ​hold of something or someone ​suddenly: I grabbed the ​rope and ​pulled myself out of the ​water. We’d ​better get there early, or someone ​else will grab the ​bestseats (= take them first). infml Let’s grab a ​sandwich (= get it and ​eat it ​quickly) before we ​leave.
(Definition of grab from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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