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

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

Full Definition of ABDUCT

transitive verb
:  to seize and take away (as a person) by force
:  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·tor \-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

Related to ABDUCT

ABDUCTOR Defined for Kids


verb ab·duct \ab-ˈdəkt\

Definition of ABDUCT for Kids

:  to take a person away by force :  kidnap
ab·duc·tion \ab-ˈdək-shən\ noun
Medical Dictionary


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

Medical Definition of ABDUCT

:  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>
ab·duc·tion \ab-ˈdək-shən, əb-\ noun


Next Word in the Dictionary: abducteePrevious Word in the Dictionary: abducent nerveAll Words Near: abduct
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears