abduct

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verb ab·duct \ab-ˈdəkt, əb-; 2 also ˈab-ˌ\

Definition of abduct

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to seize and take away (a person) by force The girl was abducted by kidnappers.

  3. 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

abductor

play \-ˈdək-tər\ noun

Origin and Etymology of abduct

Latin abductus, past participle of abducere, literally, to lead away, from ab- + ducere to lead — more at tow


First Known Use: 1765


ABDUCT Defined for Kids

abduct

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verb ab·duct \ab-ˈdəkt\

Definition of abduct for Students

abducted

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abducting

  1. :  to take a person away by force :  kidnap

abduction

\ab-ˈdək-shən\ noun

Medical Dictionary

abduct

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transitive verb ab·duct \ab-ˈdəkt, əb- also ˈab-ˌ\

Medical Definition of abduct

  1. :  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

Law Dictionary

abduct

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transitive verb ab·duct \ab-ˈdəkt, əb-\

Legal Definition of abduct

  1. :  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

abductor

\-ˈdək-tər\ play noun


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