- 1[transitive, intransitive] to take something quickly and often rudely or roughly synonym grab snatch something (+ adv./prep.) She managed to snatch the gun from his hand. Gordon snatched up his jacket and left the room. (+ adv./prep.) Hey, you kids! Don't all snatch!
- 2[transitive] snatch somebody/something (from somebody/something) to take someone or something away from a person or place, especially by force; to steal something synonym steal The raiders snatched $100 from the cash register. The baby was snatched from its parents' car.
- 3[transitive] snatch something to take or get something quickly, especially because you do not have much time I managed to snatch an hour's sleep. The team snatched a dramatic victory in the last minute of the game. Phrasal Verbssnatch at something
NAmE//snætʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they snatch
he / she / it snatches
past simple snatched
-ing form snatching