Meaning of SNAP in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ snæp ]

( snaps, snapping, snapped)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


If something snaps or if you snap it, it breaks suddenly, usually with a sharp cracking noise.

He shifted his weight and a twig snapped...

The brake pedal had just snapped off...

She gripped the pipe with both hands, trying to snap it in half.

VERB : V , V adv / prep , V n adv / prep , also V n

Snap is also a noun.

Every minute or so I could hear a snap, a crack and a crash as another tree went down.



If you snap something into a particular position, or if it snaps into that position, it moves quickly into that position, with a sharp sound.

He snapped the notebook shut...

The bag snapped open.

VERB : V n adv / prep , V adv

Snap is also a noun.

He shut the book with a snap and stood up.



If you snap your fingers , you make a sharp sound by moving your middle finger quickly across your thumb, for example in order to accompany music or to order someone to do something.

She had millions of listeners snapping their fingers to her first single...

= click

VERB : V n

Snap is also a noun.

I could obtain with the snap of my fingers anything I chose.

N-SING : N of n


If someone snaps at you, they speak to you in a sharp, unfriendly way.

‘Of course I don’t know her,’ Roger snapped...

I’m sorry, Casey, I didn’t mean to snap at you like that.

VERB : V with quote , V at n


If someone snaps , or if something snaps inside them, they suddenly stop being calm and become very angry because the situation has become too tense or too difficult for them.

He finally snapped when she prevented their children from visiting him one weekend...



If an animal such as a dog snaps at you, it opens and shuts its jaws quickly near you, as if it were going to bite you.

His teeth clicked as he snapped at my ankle...

The poodle yapped and snapped.

VERB : V at n , V


A snap decision or action is one that is taken suddenly, often without careful thought.

I think this is too important for a snap decision...



A snap is a photograph. ( INFORMAL )

...a snap my mother took last year.

= photo



If you snap someone or something, you take a photograph of them. ( INFORMAL )

He was the first ever non-British photographer to be invited to snap a royal.

= photograph

VERB : V n


see also cold snap

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