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English noun: grab

1. grab (artifact) a mechanical device for gripping an object

Broader (hypernym)mechanical device

2. grab (act) the act of catching an object with the hands

SamplesMays made the catch with his back to the plate.
He made a grab for the ball before it landed.
Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away.
The infielder's snap and throw was a single motion.

Synonymscatch, snap, snatch

Broader (hypernym)touch, touching

Narrower (hyponym)fair catch, interception, interlock, interlocking, mesh, meshing, rebound, reception, shoestring catch

English verb: grab

1. grab (contact) take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of

SamplesCatch the ball!.
Grab the elevator door!.

Synonymscatch, take hold of

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)clutch, prehend, seize

Narrower (hyponym)fish, harpoon, hook, intercept, net, nett, stop

Verb groupcatch

2. grab (possession) get hold of or seize quickly and easily

SamplesI snapped up all the good buys during the garage sale.

Synonymssnaffle, snap up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)take

Narrower (hyponym)hog

3. grab (motion) make a grasping or snatching motion with the hand

SamplesThe passenger grabbed for the oxygen mask.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

4. grab (possession) obtain illegally or unscrupulously

SamplesGrab power.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)obtain

5. grab (contact) take or grasp suddenly

SamplesShe grabbed the child's hand and ran out of the room.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)clutch, prehend, seize

6. grab (cognition) capture the attention or imagination of

SamplesThis story will grab you.
The movie seized my imagination.


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fascinate, intrigue

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