kidnap

verb kid·nap \ ˈkid-ˌnap \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of kidnap

kidnapped also kidnaped play \ˈkid-ˌnapt\; kidnapping also kidnaping
transitive verb
: to seize and detain or carry away by unlawful force or fraud and often with a demand for ransom

kidnappee

or kidnapee play \ˌkid-ˌna-ˈpē\ noun

kidnapper

or less commonly kidnaper noun

Examples of kidnap in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of kidnap

probably back-formation from kidnapper, from kid + obsolete napper thief

kidnap Synonyms

Synonyms
abduct, make away with, make off with, run off with
Related Words
capture, crimp, impress, seize, shanghai, waylay; abscond (with), snatch, spirit; hijack (also highjack); catch, cop [slang], steal, take
Near Antonyms
deliver, ransom, redeem, rescue; restore, return

KIDNAP Defined for English Language Learners

kidnap

verb

Definition of kidnap for English Language Learners

  • : to take away (someone) by force usually in order to keep the person as a prisoner and demand money for returning the person


KIDNAP Defined for Kids

kidnap

verb kid·nap \ ˈkid-ˌnap \

Definition of kidnap for Students

kidnapped \-ˌnapt\; kidnapping
: to carry away a person by force or by fraud and against his or her will

kidnapper

noun

Law Dictionary

kidnap

transitive verb kid·nap \ ˈkid-ˌnap \

legal Definition of kidnap

kidnapped or kidnaped play \-ˌnapt\; kidnapping or kidnaping \-ˌna-piŋ\
: to seize and confine or carry away by force or fraud and often with a demand for ransom

kidnapper

or kidnaper \-ˌna-pər\ noun

Origin and Etymology of kidnap

probably back-formation from kidnapper, from kid child + obsolete napper thief



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