Definition of grab noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡræb//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡræb//
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  1. 1[usually singular] grab (at/for somebody/something) a sudden attempt to take or hold somebody/something He made a grab for her bag. As the car swung round the corner, she held on to the grab handle to steady herself. see also land grab, smash-and-grab
  2. 2 (computing) a picture taken from a television or video film, stored as an image on a computer a frame grab from CCTV
  3. 3a piece of equipment which lifts and holds goods, for example the equipment that hangs from a crane
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch grabben; perhaps related to grip, gripe, and grope.Idioms (informal) available for anyone who is interested There are £25 000 worth of prizes up for grabs in our competition!
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: grab