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[ab-duhkt] /æbˈdʌkt/
verb (used with object)
to carry off or lead away (a person) illegally and in secret or by force, especially to kidnap.
Physiology. to move or draw away from the axis of the body or limb (opposed to adduct).
Origin of abduct
1825-35; < Latin abductus, past participle of abdūcere to abduce
Related forms
unabducted, adjective Unabridged
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  • “At the very least, that fellow has tried to abduct this young lady,” added Orme.

    The Girl and The Bill Bannister Merwin
  • abduct a young woman, risk prison, and then afraid to lay hands on her!

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • When he threatened three weeks ago to abduct me and let me witness his next crime, I realized that here was my chance.

    The Black Star Johnston McCulley
  • That means that nobody gets a show to abduct 'em while you're around, I take it?

    Julia The Apostate Josephine Daskam
  • If he could not abduct Barbara and go free, he would kill himself when they came to take him.

    The Penalty Gouverneur Morris
  • And you would not have found it necessary to abduct my daughter.

  • Was it like devotion to me that you should try to abduct La Belle Stamboulane in the public street?

    The Son of Clemenceau Alexandre (fils) Dumas
British Dictionary definitions for abduct


verb (transitive)
to remove (a person) by force or cunning; kidnap
(of certain muscles) to pull (a leg, arm, etc) away from the median axis of the body Compare adduct
Derived Forms
abductor, noun
Word Origin
C19: from the past participle of Latin abdūcere to lead away
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Word Origin and History for abduct

"to kidnap," 1834, probably a back-formation from abduction; cf. abduce. Related: Abducted; abducting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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abduct in Medicine

abduct ab·duct (āb-dŭkt')
v. ab·duct·ed, ab·duct·ing, ab·ducts
To draw away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part or limb.

ab·duc'tion n.
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