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verb snap pronunciation in American English /snæp/
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I/you/we/theysnap
he/she/itsnaps
present participlesnapping
past tensesnapped
past participlesnapped
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to suddenly break something with a short loud noise, or to be broken in this way
    When the rope snapped, Davis fell into the water.
    The storm snapped young trees like matchsticks.
    snap (something) off: Ken snapped off the smaller branches.
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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to quickly move something such as a light switch so that it makes a short sound, or to be moved quickly in this way
    snap (something) open/shut/together/on/off: She quickly snapped her purse shut.
    It’s really simple to build – the pieces just snap together.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to suddenly lose control and become extremely angry or upset because a situation has become too annoying or difficult
    She was bound to snap under all that pressure.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to speak to someone in a sudden, angry way
      “What do you want now?” he snapped angrily.
      snap at: I’m sorry I snapped at you just now.
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] if an animal such as a dog snaps you or snaps at you, it bites you or tries to bite you
    snap at: A terrier was snapping at his heels.
  5. 5
    [transitive] mainly British informal to take a photograph of someone or something

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