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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 best seats (= take them first). infml Let’s grab a sandwich (= get it and eat it quickly) before we leave.
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grabverb

uk   /ɡræb/  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 walking across 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 best seats. Let's just grab a quick bite.
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   /ɡræb/  us   /ɡræb/
grabby
uk   /ˈɡræb.i/  us   /ˈɡræb.i/ informal
Don't be so grabby (= trying to take things for yourself), Shirley. Let the others have their share.
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