|Origin:||Middle Low German grabben|
grab1 S3 W3 past tense and past participle grabbed, present participle grabbing [transitive]
to take hold of someone or something with a sudden or violent movement [= snatch]:
with your hand
I grabbed my bag and ran off.
Two men grabbed her and pushed her to the ground.
Kay grabbed hold of my arm to stop herself falling.
grab something from somebody/something
I managed to grab the gun from Bowen.
to get some food or sleep quickly because you are busy [= snatch]:
Why don't you go and grab some sleep?
Hang on while I grab a cup of coffee.
Let's grab a bite to eat before we go.
to get something for yourself, sometimes in an unfair way:
get something for yourself
Try to get there early and grab good seats.
Bob tried to grab all the profit.
to take an opportunity, accept an invitation etc immediately:
chance/opportunityinformal also grab at something
I think you should grab your chance to travel while you're young.
She grabbed the opportunity to go to America.
Melanie grabbed at the invitation to go.
This is our chance to grab a slice of this new market.
to get someone's attention:
The book is full of good ideas to grab your students' attention.
The plight of the refugees immediately grabbed the headlines (=was the most important story in the newspapers).
used to ask someone if they would be interested in doing a particular thing:
How does the idea of a trip to Spain grab you?
grab at/for somethingphrasal verb
I grabbed at the glass just before it fell.
Lucy grabbed for the money.