Synonyms of snatch in English:


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See Spanish definition of robar


1‘she snatched the last sandwich from the plate’

grab, seize, seize hold of, grab hold of, take hold of, lay hold of, lay hands on, lay one's hands on, get one's hands on, take, pluck
take a grip of, grip, grasp, clutch

2‘someone snatched my handbag on a bus’

steal, thieve, rob, take, pilfer, purloin, loot, rifle, abscond with, carry off
embezzle, misappropriate
informal walk away with, walk off with, run away with, run off with, swipe, nab, rip off, lift, liberate, filch, snaffle, snitch
British informal pinch, half-inch, nick, whip, knock off, nobble, bone
North American informal heist, glom
Australian informal snavel
West Indian informal tief
archaic crib, hook

3‘she posed as a childminder and snatched Julie from her home’

abduct, kidnap, carry off, seize, capture, run away with, run off with, make off with, spirit away, hold hostage, hold to ransom, hijack
informal shanghai, nobble

4‘Fogdoe skied a brilliant second run to snatch victory in the men's slalom’

achieve, secure, obtain, seize, pluck, wrest, scrape

5‘I snatched at the chance’

accept eagerly, jump at, take advantage of, grab, grab at, snap up, seize, seize on, grasp, grasp with both hands, pounce on, swoop down on
buy eagerly, buy quickly


1‘brief snatches of sleep’

period, spell, time, fit, bout, interval, duration, season, term, stretch, span, phase, run
British informal patch, spot

2‘he heard a snatch of their conversation’

fragment, snippet, smattering, bit, scrap, piece, part, extract, excerpt, portion, section, selection

3‘her snatch of £3 million in used notes has been described as ‘the perfect crime’’

theft, robbery, stealing, thieving, larceny, thievery, robbing, pilfering, pilferage, purloining
shoplifting, burglary
raid, hold-up
appropriation, expropriation, misappropriation, embezzlement
informal rip-off, smash and grab
North American informal heist, stickup
rare peculation, defalcation