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verb stab pronunciation in American English /stæb/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlestabbing
past tensestabbed
past participlestabbed
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to kill or hurt someone by pushing a knife or other sharp object into their body

    His brother was stabbed in the hand.

    stab someone to death:

    One fan was stabbed to death in a fight between gangs.

    1. b.



      stab at

      [intransitive/transitive] to make a movement with your finger or a pointed object as if you are stabbing something, usually to emphasize something that you are saying

      “Here!” she said, stabbing the book with her finger.

      stab at:

      He stabbed at the paper with his pen.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if an unpleasant or negative feeling stabs you, you suddenly feel it very strongly
    1. a.
      if someone’s words stab you, they make you feel suddenly very sad or afraid

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