stab - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlestabbing
past tensestabbed
past participlestabbed
  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

      His words stabbed her to the heart.

  3. 3
    [transitive] mainly journalism to quickly push or kick a ball somewhere

    The new striker ran up and stabbed the ball home.