abduct

verb
ab·​duct | \ ab-ˈdəkt How to pronounce abduct (audio) , əb-; sense 2 also ˈab-ˌdəkt How to pronounce abduct (audio) \
abducted; abducting; abducts

Definition of abduct

transitive verb

1 : to seize and take away (a person) by force The girl was abducted by kidnappers.
2 : to draw or spread away (a part of the body, such 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 a muscle that abducts the arm

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Other Words from abduct

abductor \ ab-​ˈdək-​tər How to pronounce abductor (audio) \ noun

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Examples of abduct in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Investigators obtained numerous audio recordings of Rohrer speaking with another person and actively planning to abduct the child, the probable cause statement in court documents detailed. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "Mesa man arrested on suspicion of planning to abduct boss' son," 28 Aug. 2020 Mesa police were informed that Lance Eugene Rohrer, 59, was planning to abduct the boy and hold him hostage for $2 million ransom on July 27, according to court documents. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "Mesa man arrested on suspicion of planning to abduct boss' son," 28 Aug. 2020 Two men tried to abduct a real estate agent in North Ridgeville who was scheduled to show a home to a prospective buyer, police said. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Two men tried to kidnap real estate agent in North Ridgeville, police say," 26 Aug. 2020 In Congo, for example, rebels hiding in the forests close to the north-eastern city of Beni frequently abduct people and hack them to death with machetes. The Economist, "Global firefighting The UN has too much on its plate," 18 June 2020 Ten people close to Juan Guaidó have been detained—half of them were abducted in the midst of the pandemic. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Hunger, Infection, and Repression: Venezuela’s Coronavirus Calamity," 29 May 2020 Church said the family approved the wording of the post, which says the parents believe Aguchak was abducted and her body hidden. Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News, "Family says 10-year-old Quinhagak girl was abducted, village in shock as homicide investigation continues," 19 Mar. 2020 The legislation was named after college student Aniah Blanchard, who was abducted and killed last year. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Prison reforms, lottery, medical marijuana sidetracked by pandemic," 13 May 2020 The grieving community of Cayce, S.C., will gather on Friday evening to remember Faye Swetlik, a 6-year-old who was abducted and killed, allegedly by a 30-year-old neighbor. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, "Mourners invited to 'child friendly' memorial for 6-year-old girl killed allegedly by neighbor," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of abduct

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for abduct

borrowed from Medieval Latin abdūctus, past participle of abdūcere "to draw (a limb) away from the body," going back to Latin "to lead away, carry off, remove, entice away," from ab- ab- + dūcere "to lead" — more at tow entry 1

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24 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Abduct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abduct. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for abduct

abduct

verb
ab·​duct | \ ab-ˈdəkt How to pronounce abduct (audio) \
abducted; abducting

Kids Definition of abduct

: to take a person away by force : kidnap

Other Words from abduct

abduction \ ab-​ˈdək-​shən \ noun
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

Other Words from abduct

abduction \ ab-​ˈdək-​shən, əb-​ How to pronounce abduction (audio) \ noun
ab·​duct | \ ab-ˈdəkt, əb- How to pronounce abduct (audio) \

Legal Definition of abduct

: to carry or lead (a person) away by threat or use of force or often by fraud also : to restrain or conceal (a person) for the purpose of preventing escape or rescue — see also kidnapping

Other Words from abduct

abductor \ -​ˈdək-​tər How to pronounce abductor (audio) \ noun

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