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stabverb [T]

 us   /stæb/ (-bb-)
to ​injure someone using a ​sharp, ​pointedobject: He was stabbed with a ​fork.

stabnoun [C]

 us   /stæb/
the ​act of ​injuring someone with a ​sharp, ​pointedobject: He’s ​recovering from stab ​wounds. A stab is also a ​suddenfeeling: Cheri ​felt a ​sudden stab of ​guilt. A stab is also an ​attempt to do something that you may not be ​able to do: I wouldn’t ​even take a stab at estimating ​itscost.
(Definition of stab from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"stab" in British English

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stabverb

uk   us   /stæb/ (-bb-)
B2 [T] to ​injure someone with a ​sharppointedobject such as a ​knife: She was stabbed several ​times in the ​chest. He was ​jailed for 15 ​years for stabbing his ​wife to ​death. [I or T] to make a ​short, ​forcefulpushingmovement with a ​finger or a ​long, ​thinobject: As she ​spoke she stabbed the ​air with her ​finger. He stabbed at the ​meat with his ​fork.

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stabnoun [C]

uk   us   /stæb/
the ​act of ​pushing a ​knife into someone, or an ​injurycaused by stabbing: He was ​admitted to ​hospital with stab wounds. a ​suddenfeeling, ​especially an ​unpleasant one such as ​pain: She ​felt a stab ofenvy when she ​saw all the ​expensivepresents Zoe had been given for ​Christmas. an ​action or ​remark that ​attacks someone's ​reputation: Her ​criticism of the company's ​plans was a stab at the ​chairman himself.
(Definition of stab from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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