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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

Full Definition of kidnap

kid·napped also kid·napedplay \-ˌnapt\kid·nap·ping also kid·nap·ing

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

kid·nap·pee or kid·nap·ee play \ˌkid-ˌna-ˈpē\ noun
kid·nap·per also kid·nap·er noun

Examples of kidnap

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



Origin 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

kid·napped \-ˌnapt\kid·nap·ping

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

kid·nap·per noun




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