- 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
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Examples from the Web for abduct
The day before there had been an attempt to abduct him, she says.'In Cold Blood' in Ukraine
May 3, 2014
When Syrian soldiers from the Interior Ministry roared up in a white Toyota van to abduct me, I was startled.How I Escaped Assad’s Army in Syria
November 25, 2013
“I thought no one could enter the tank and abduct me,” he said.Gilad Shalit’s Five Years in Gaza
October 19, 2012
If they could abduct in silence, they could have killed silently.Ambrotox and Limping Dick
Abduct a young woman, risk prison, and then afraid to lay hands on her!The Pagan Madonna
That means that nobody gets a show to abduct 'em while you're around, I take it?Julia The Apostate
And you would not have found it necessary to abduct my daughter.Arsne Lupin versus Herlock Sholmes
She was to furnish money to send the girl to school, from which I was shortly to abduct her.Daisy Brooks
Laura Jean Libbey
- 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 bodyCompare adduct
C19: from the past participle of Latin abdūcere to lead away
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Word Origin and History for abduct
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To draw away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part or limb.
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