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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [nab]
    • /næb/
    • /næb/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [nab]
    • /næb/

Definitions of nab word

  • verb with object nab to arrest or capture. 1
  • verb with object nab to catch or seize, especially suddenly. 1
  • verb with object nab to snatch or steal. 1
  • noun nab Catch (someone) doing something wrong. 1
  • transitive verb nab steal 1
  • transitive verb nab catch, apprehend 1

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Origin of nab

First appearance:

before 1675
One of the 48% oldest English words
1675-85; earlier nap; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish nappe, Norwegian, Swedish nappa to snatch

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Nab


nab popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

nab usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for nab

verb nab

  • cop — A cop is a policeman or policewoman.
  • capture — If you capture someone or something, you catch them, especially in a war.
  • apprehend — If the police apprehend someone, they catch them and arrest them.
  • clutch — If you clutch at something or clutch something, you hold it tightly, usually because you are afraid or anxious.
  • snatch — to make a sudden effort to seize something, as with the hand; grab (usually followed by at).

noun nab

  • gaff — harsh treatment or criticism: All the gaff he took never made him bitter.
  • internment — an act or instance of interning.
  • protective custody — detention of a person by the police solely as protection against a possible attack or reprisal by someone.
  • glom — to steal.
  • detention — Detention is when someone is arrested or put into prison, especially for political reasons.

Antonyms for nab

verb nab

  • liberate — to set free, as from imprisonment or bondage.
  • release — to lease again.
  • misunderstand — to take (words, statements, etc.) in a wrong sense; understand wrongly.
  • free — enjoying personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery: a land of free people.
  • let go — to move or proceed, especially to or from something: They're going by bus.

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