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grab (v.)

"seize forcibly or roughly," 1580s, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German grabben "to grab," from Proto-Germanic *grab-, *grap- (source also of Old English græppian "to seize," Old Saxon garva, Old High German garba "sheaf," literally "that which is gathered up together"), from PIE *ghrebh- (1) "to seize, reach" (source also of Sanskrit grbhnati "seizes," Old Persian grab- "seize" as possession or prisoner, Old Church Slavonic grabiti "to seize, rob," Lithuanian grėbti "to rake"). Sense of "to get by unscrupulous methods" was reinforced by grab game, a kind of swindle, attested from 1846. Related: Grabbed; grabbing.

grab (n.)

1777, "thing grabbed;" 1824, "act of grabbing, a sudden grasp or seizing" from grab (v.). Up for grabs attested from 1945 in jive talk.

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Definitions of grab from WordNet
1
grab (v.)
take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of;
Synonyms: catch / take hold of
grab (v.)
get hold of or seize quickly and easily;
Synonyms: snap up / snaffle
grab (v.)
make a grasping or snatching motion with the hand;
The passenger grabbed for the oxygen mask
grab (v.)
obtain illegally or unscrupulously;
grab (v.)
take or grasp suddenly;
She grabbed the child's hand and ran out of the room
grab (v.)
capture the attention or imagination of;
This story will grab you
Synonyms: seize
2
grab (n.)
a mechanical device for gripping an object;
grab (n.)
the act of catching an object with the hands;
he made a grab for the ball before it landed
Synonyms: catch / snatch / snap
From wordnet.princeton.edu