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Definition of nab verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    nab

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//næb//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//næb//
     
    (informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nab
    BrE BrE//næb//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//næb//
     
    he / she / it nabs
    BrE BrE//næbz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//næbz//
     
    past simple nabbed
    BrE BrE//næbd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//næbd//
     
    past participle nabbed
    BrE BrE//næbd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//næbd//
     
    -ing form nabbing
    BrE BrE//ˈnæbɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnæbɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1nab somebody to catch or arrest somebody who is doing something wrong synonym collar He was nabbed by the police for speeding.
  2. 2nab something to take or get something Who's nabbed my drink?
  3. Word Origin late 17th cent. (also as napp; compare with kidnap): of unknown origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nab