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grab

verb [T]
 
 
/ɡræb/ ( present participle grabbing, past tense and past participle grabbed)
TAKE SUDDENLY B1 to take hold of something or someone suddenly: He grabbed my arm and pulled me away.Having in your hands
DO QUICKLY informal to eat, do, or get something quickly because you do not have much time: I grabbed a sandwich on the way to the station.Short in timeTemporary
grab sb's attention informal to attract someone's attention: The advertisement is designed to grab people's attention.Attracting and temptingAttractiveSexual attraction
TAKE OPPORTUNITY B2 If someone grabs a chance or opportunity, they take it quickly and with enthusiasm.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of thingsOpportunity Freedom to act
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