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stabverb [T]

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

stabnoun [C]

 us   /stæb/
the act of injuring someone with a sharp, pointed object: He’s recovering from stab wounds.
A stab is also a sudden feeling: 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 its cost.
(Definition of stab from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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stabverb

uk   /stæb/  us   /stæb/ (-bb-)
B2 [T] to injure someone with a sharp pointed object 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, forceful pushing movement with a finger or a long, thin object: 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   /stæb/  us   /stæb/
the act of pushing a knife into someone, or an injury caused by stabbing: He was admitted to hospital with stab wounds.
a sudden feeling, especially an unpleasant one such as pain: She felt a stab of envy when she saw all the expensive presents 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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