Definition of abduct
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
abductorplay \-ˈdək-tər\ noun
Recent Examples of abduct from the Web
Earlier: An Amber Alert has been issued for three children believed to have been abducted by their mother and in danger.
North Korea says the South abducted the 12 waitresses and the restaurant manager and has demanded their return, but the South has said the group decided to defect of its own free will.
The event, at Wagner's Pharmacy at Fourth Street and Central Avenue, will include a memorial for her son and 4-year-old Cesar Ivan Cano, who was abducted June 29, 2007, and found dead days later on July 7.
The majority of those abducted were women and children, according to Abba Gata Issa, a mayor from the southern Diffa region.
One of the most prominent cases occurred in 2015, when Chinese authorities appear to have abducted five booksellers who sold gossipy stories about mainland officials.
Instead, they were abducted and tortured for 40 hours—all because of a teammate. Harrowing story by Tisha Thompson and Andy Lockett of ESPN’s Outside The Lines.
Karen has been abducted by Hu Fen, a sly cat woman with a whip (actress Nanao, looking more maitresse than villainess), and has been taken to a swanky H.K. hotel to be auctioned off to the highest bidder along with a bevy of beautiful girls.
Pasztor abducted her children Sept. 26 from their custodial grandparents' home near Fort Wayne, prompting an Amber Alert.
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Origin and Etymology of abduct
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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
abduction\ab-ˈdək-shən, əb-\play noun
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