grab Definition

  • 1to take hold of something or someone suddenly and roughly
  • 2to get something quickly or opportunistically

Using grab: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "grab" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He grabbed the book from the shelf.

  • Example

    She grabbed my arm and pulled me back.

  • Example

    I need to grab some groceries on my way home.

  • Example

    He grabbed the opportunity to speak with the CEO.

grab Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for grab

Antonyms for grab

Idioms Using grab

  • to confront a difficult situation directly and with courage


    She decided to grab the bull by the horns and ask for a raise.

  • grab some Z's

    to take a nap or get some sleep


    I'm going to grab some Z's before the party tonight.

  • grab the headlines

    to attract public attention or media coverage


    The celebrity's scandalous behavior grabbed the headlines for weeks.

Phrases with grab

  • grab a bite (to eat)

    to quickly get something to eat, often when one is in a hurry or doesn't have much time


    Let's grab a quick bite before the meeting starts.

  • a bag or container filled with a variety of small items, often given away as party favors or prizes


    The children were thrilled with the grab bags they received at the birthday party.

  • to take hold of something firmly and not let go


    He grabbed hold of the railing to steady himself.

Origins of grab

from Middle English 'graben', meaning 'to grab or grasp'


Summary: grab in Brief

The verb 'grab' [ɡræb] means to take hold of something or someone suddenly and roughly, or to get something quickly or opportunistically. It can refer to physical actions like 'He grabbed the book from the shelf,' or abstract ones like 'He grabbed the opportunity to speak with the CEO.' Phrases like 'grab a bite (to eat)' and idioms like 'grab the bull by the horns' add nuance to the term.

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