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abduct

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verb ab·duct \ab-ˈdəkt, əb-; 2 also ˈab-ˌ\

Simple Definition of abduct

  • : to take (someone) away from a place by force

Full Definition of abduct

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to seize and take away (as a person) by force

  3. 2 :  to draw or spread away (as a limb or the fingers) from a position near or parallel to the median axis of the body or from the axis of a limb

ab·duc·torplay \-ˈdək-tər\ noun

Examples of abduct

  1. <the gangsters planned to abduct the industrialist's young daughter and demand a huge ransom from her family>



Origin of abduct

Latin abductus, past participle of abducere, literally, to lead away, from ab- + ducere to lead — more at tow


First Known Use: 1825


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abduct

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transitive verb ab·duct \ab-ˈdəkt, əb- also ˈab-ˌ\

Medical Definition of abduct

  1. :  to draw away (as a limb) from a position near or parallel to the median axis of the body <the peroneus longus extends, abducts, and everts the foot—C. R. Bardeen>; also :  to move (similar parts) apart <abduct adjoining fingers>

  2. ab·duc·tion \ab-ˈdək-shən, əb-\play noun





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