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
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According to Pryor, students at Washington formed their own chapter of the KKK, and were known by the local Freedmen’s Bureau to attempt to abduct and rape black schoolgirls from the nearby black schools.
The Fort Wayne, Indiana, woman abducted her children on Sept. 26 from their custodial grandparents' home, prompting authorities to issue an Amber Alert.
An Amber Alert for a 13-year-old Missouri girl who was reportedly abducted by two men early Wednesday has been canceled after she was found safe.
His lawyer, Elchin Sadigov, told The Associated Press the journalist was abducted outside his home Monday evening, beaten up and taken to the land border between Azerbaijan and Georgia.
This hilarious Rossini opera is the one in which Figaro’s here, Figaro’s there, and Figaro helps Count Almaviva to abduct Rosina from her disagreeable elderly guardian, Doctor Bartolo.
The attacks were incited by rumors on the messaging service WhatsApp warning of strangers who were abducting children.
June’s daughter Hannah is abducted earlier on the show.
Rebels linked to Al Qaeda abducted 13 Catholic nuns from the historic Christian town of Maaloula in 2013; they were later released in a prisoner exchange.
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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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