snap - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlesnapping
past tensesnapped
past participlesnapped
  1. 1

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    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.

    snap (something) off:

    Ken snapped off the smaller branches.

    snap something in half/two:

    Snap the biscuit in two and share it.

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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 handbag shut.

    It’s really simple to build – the bits just snap together.

  3. 3
    [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.

  4. 4
    [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.

  5. 5
    [transitive] informal to take a photograph of someone or something

    He worked as a photographer, snapping the young Brigitte Bardot.

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