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



    BrE BrE//snæp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//snæp//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they snap
    BrE BrE//snæp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//snæp//
    he / she / it snaps
    BrE BrE//snæps//
    ; NAmE NAmE//snæps//
    past simple snapped
    BrE BrE//snæpt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//snæpt//
    past participle snapped
    BrE BrE//snæpt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//snæpt//
    -ing form snapping
    BrE BrE//ˈsnæpɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnæpɪŋ//
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to break something suddenly with a sharp noise; to be broken in this way snap something The wind had snapped the tree in two. snap something off (something) He snapped a twig off a bush. snap (off) Suddenly, the rope snapped. The branch she was standing on must have snapped off.
  2. open/close/move into position
  3. 2[intransitive, transitive] to move, or to move something, into a particular position quickly, especially with a sudden sharp noise + adj. The lid snapped shut. His eyes snapped open. + adv./prep. He snapped to attention and saluted. snap something + adj. She snapped the bag shut.
  4. speak impatiently
  5. 3[transitive, intransitive] to speak or say something in an impatient, usually angry, voice + speech ‘Don't just stand there,’ she snapped. snap (at somebody) I was tempted to snap back angrily at him. snap something He snapped a reply. See related entries: Anger
  6. of animal
  7. 4[intransitive] snap (at somebody/something) to try to bite somebody/something synonym nip The dogs snarled and snapped at our heels.
  8. take photograph
  9. 5[transitive, intransitive] (informal) to take a photograph snap something A passing tourist snapped the incident. snap (away) She seemed oblivious to the crowds of photographers snapping away.
  10. lose control
  11. 6[intransitive] to suddenly be unable to control your feelings any longer because the situation has become too difficult My patience finally snapped. When he said that, something snapped inside her. And that did it. I snapped.
  12. fasten clothing
  13. 7[intransitive, transitive] snap (something) (North American English) to fasten a piece of clothing with a snap
  14. 8[transitive] (sport) (in American football) to start a game by passing the ball back between your legs time will not be resumed until the ball is snapped on the next play.
  15. Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the senses ‘make a sudden audible bite’ and ‘quick sharp biting sound’): probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German snappen ‘seize’; partly imitative.Extra examples ‘How should I know?’ Jen snapped back. He lost his temper and snapped irritably at the children. I guess he just snapped. One of the table’s legs had been snapped off. She picked up the pencil and snapped it in two. She snapped the lid shut. The branch suddenly snapped. The plastic pieces snap together to make a replica of a dinosaur.Idioms
    bite/snap somebody’s head off
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    (informal) to shout at somebody in an angry way, especially without reason See related entries: Anger
    to make a sharp noise by moving your second or third finger quickly against your thumb, to attract somebody’s attention, or to mark the beat of music, for example He snapped his fingers for the waiter to bring more wine.
    snap out of it/something, snap somebody out of it/something
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    [no passive] (informal) to make an effort to stop feeling unhappy or depressed; to help somebody to stop feeling unhappy You've been depressed for weeks. It's time you snapped out of it.
    (informal) used, especially in orders, to tell somebody to start working harder or more quickly
    Phrasal Verbssnap somethingoutsnap somethingup
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: snap