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kidnap

[ kid-nap ]
/ 藞k瑟d n忙p /
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verb (used with object), kid路napped or kid路naped, kid路nap路ping or kid路nap路ing.
to steal, carry off, or abduct by force or fraud, especially for use as a hostage or to extract ransom.

OTHER WORDS FOR kidnap

seize, bear off, bear away.
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Origin of kidnap

1675鈥85; kid1 + nap, variant of nab

OTHER WORDS FROM kidnap

kid路nap路pee, kid路nap路ee, nounkid路nap路per, kid路nap路er, nounun路kid路naped, adjectiveun路kid路napped, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH kidnap

hijack, kidnap , shanghai, skyjack
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British Dictionary definitions for kidnap

kidnap
/ (藞k瑟dn忙p) /

verb -naps, -napping or -napped or US -naps, -naping or -naped
(tr) to carry off and hold (a person), usually for ransom

Derived forms of kidnap

kidnapper or US kidnaper, nounkidnapping or US kidnaping, noun

Word Origin for kidnap

C17: kid 1 + obsolete nap to steal; see nab
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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