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kidnap

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verb kid·nap \ˈkid-ˌnap\

Simple Definition of kidnap

  • : to take away (someone) by force usually in order to keep the person as a prisoner and demand money for returning the person

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of kidnap

kidnapped

also

kidnaped

play \-ˌnapt\

kidnapping

also

kidnaping

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to seize and detain or carry away by unlawful force or fraud and often with a demand for ransom

kidnappee

or

kidnapee

play \ˌkid-ˌna-ˈpē\ noun

kidnapper

also

kidnaper

noun

Examples of kidnap in a sentence

  1. <the child of the wealthy industrialist was kidnapped and held for ransom>



Origin and Etymology of kidnap

probably back-formation from kidnapper, from kid + obsolete napper thief


First Known Use: 1682


KIDNAP Defined for Kids

kidnap

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verb kid·nap \ˈkid-ˌnap\

Definition of kidnap for Students

kidnapped

\-ˌnapt\

kidnapping

  1. :  to carry away a person by force or by fraud and against his or her will

kidnapper

noun



Law Dictionary

kidnap

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transitive verb kid·nap \ˈkid-ˌnap\

Legal Definition of kidnap

kidnapped

or

kidnaped

\-ˌnapt\ play

kidnapping

or

kidnaping

\-ˌna-piŋ\
  1. :  to seize and confine or carry away by force or fraud and often with a demand for ransom

kidnapper

or

kidnaper

\-ˌna-pər\ noun


Origin and Etymology of kidnap

probably back-formation from kidnapper, from kid child + obsolete napper thief



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