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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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  • If they could abduct in silence, they could have killed silently.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • abduct a young woman, risk prison, and then afraid to lay hands on her!

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • That means that nobody gets a show to abduct 'em while you're around, I take it?

    Julia The Apostate Josephine Daskam
  • And you would not have found it necessary to abduct my daughter.

  • She was to furnish money to send the girl to school, from which I was shortly to abduct her.

    Daisy Brooks

    Laura Jean Libbey
  • Had I actually assisted the mysterious woman to abduct the child?

    The Count's Chauffeur William Le Queux
  • Here's a revolver in case any one wants to abduct either of you.

    The Sixth Sense

    Stephen McKenna
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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