- to steal, carry off, or abduct by force or fraud, especially for use as a hostage or to extract ransom.
Origin of kidnap
SynonymsSee more synonyms for kidnap on Thesaurus.com
seize, bear off, bear away.
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Examples from the Web for kidnaped
He was kidnaped, and the police have been searching for him for days.The Crevice
William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
I expect he has suffered untold torments since he was kidnaped.
Not a trace of the ruffian or the kidnaped girl could Frank see.
"You don't mean to say you were kidnaped, too," cried Allingham.A Woman for Mayor
Helen M. Winslow
It seemed rather a curious place to which to take a kidnaped victim.The Lock And Key Library
- (tr) to carry off and hold (a person), usually for ransom
C17: kid 1 + obsolete nap to steal; see nab
Word Origin and History for kidnaped
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