Definition of


  1. (verb, contact) tag the base runner to get him out
  2. (verb, contact) take into custody
  3. (verb, contact) seize suddenly

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Synonyms of Nab

apprehend, arrest, collar, cop, nail, pick up

Alternate forms of Nab

Hypernyms: clutch, prehend, seize, tag

Origin of the word Nab

  1. "to catch (someone), 1686, probably a variant of dial. nap "to seize, catch, lay hold of" (1673, now surviving only in kidnap), which is possibly from Scand. (cf. Norw. nappe "to catch, snatch;" Swed. nappa; Dan. nappe "to pinch, pull"), reinforced by M.E. napand "grasping, greedy." more

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