- to steal, carry off, or abduct by force or fraud, especially for use as a hostage or to extract ransom.
Origin of kidnap
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seize, bear off, bear away.
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- (tr) to carry off and hold (a person), usually for ransom
C17: kid 1 + obsolete nap to steal; see nab
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Word Origin and History for kidnapee
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