[ ab-duhkt ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to carry off or lead away (a person) illegally and in secret or by force, especially to kidnap.

  2. Physiology. to move or draw away from the axis of the body or limb (opposed to adduct).

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Origin of abduct

1825–35; <Latin abductus, past participle of abdūcere to abduce

Other words from abduct

  • un·ab·duct·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for abduct


/ (æbˈdʌkt) /

  1. to remove (a person) by force or cunning; kidnap

  2. (of certain muscles) to pull (a leg, arm, etc) away from the median axis of the body: Compare adduct

Origin of abduct

C19: from the past participle of Latin abdūcere to lead away

Derived forms of abduct

  • abductor, noun

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