Synonyms of snap in English:


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1‘the safety rope snapped and Davis was sucked under the water’


break, break in two, break into two, fracture, splinter, separate, come apart, part, split, crack

informal bust



2‘she claims she snapped after years of violence’


lose one's self-control, crack, freak, freak out, get overwrought, go to pieces, get hysterical, get worked up, flare up

informal crack up, lose one's cool, blow one's top, fly off the handle

British informal throw a wobbly

3‘a white Range Rover passed, the Union flag snapping from a small mast on the bonnet’


crack, flick, click, crackle

flutter, wave, flap, quiver, vibrate

4‘a dog was snapping at his heels’


bite, gnash its teeth

try to bite, try to nip

5‘‘I'm not that old!’ Anna snapped’


say roughly, speak roughly, say brusquely, speak brusquely, say nastily, speak nastily, say abruptly, speak abruptly, say angrily, speak angrily, bark, snarl, growl, fling, hurl

lash out at

retort, rejoin, riposte, retaliate, snap back

round on someone

informal jump down someone's throat, fly off the handle at

6‘they could see photographers snapping the royal shooting party’


photograph, get a photo of, get a photograph of, take a photo of, take a photograph of, take someone's photo, take someone's picture, get a picture of, take a picture of, picture, get a snap of, get a snapshot of, take a snap of, take a snapshot of, take, shoot, get a shot of, take a shot of, take a likeness of, record, film, capture on celluloid, capture on film, record on celluloid, record on film


1‘she closed her purse with a snap’


click, crack, pop, clink, tick, report, smack, whack, crackle

2‘there was a sudden cold snap immediately after Christmas’


period, spell, time, interval, season, stretch, run

British informal patch, spot

3‘the snap of the dialogue’


dynamism, life, go, energy, spirit, vigour, vigorousness, liveliness, sparkle, vivacity, vitality, sprightliness, force, forcefulness, drive, strength, animation, verve, panache, elan, enthusiasm, exuberance, gusto, brio, zest, bite

informal oomph, pizzazz, zing, zip, feistiness


inertia, lethargy

4‘Mark showed me his holiday snaps of Barbados’


photograph, picture, photo, shot, snapshot, likeness, image, portrait, study, print, slide, transparency, negative, positive, plate, film, bromide, frame, exposure, still, proof, enprint, enlargement


    snap out of it

      ‘you've had a bad time, and now you're snapping out of it’


      recover, recover control of oneself, regain control of oneself, recover control of one's emotions, regain control of one's emotions, recover one's composure, regain one's composure, recover one's calm, regain one's calm, recover one's self-control, regain one's self-control, get a grip on oneself, get a hold on oneself, take a grip on oneself, take a hold on oneself, pull oneself together, get over it, become one's old self, get better, cheer up, become cheerful, perk up

      get one's act together, buck up



    snap something up

      ‘people are snapping up bargains all over the place’


      buy eagerly, buy quickly, jump at, accept eagerly, snatch at, take advantage of, grab, grab at, snatch, seize, seize on, grasp, grasp with both hands, pounce on, swoop down on


      pass up