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kidnap

[kid-nap]
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verb (used with object), kid·napped or kid·naped, kid·nap·ping or kid·nap·ing.
  1. to steal, carry off, or abduct by force or fraud, especially for use as a hostage or to extract ransom.
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Origin of kidnap

1675–85; kid1 + nap, variant of nab
Related formskid·nap·pee, kid·nap·ee, nounkid·nap·per, kid·nap·er, nounun·kid·naped, adjectiveun·kid·napped, adjective
Can be confusedhijack kidnap shanghai skyjack

Synonyms

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seize, bear off, bear away.
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Examples from the Web for kidnaped

Historical Examples

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for kidnaped

kidnap

verb -naps, -napping or -napped or US -naps, -naping or -naped
  1. (tr) to carry off and hold (a person), usually for ransom
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Derived Formskidnapper or US kidnaper, nounkidnapping or US kidnaping, noun

Word Origin

C17: kid 1 + obsolete nap to steal; see nab
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Word Origin and History for kidnaped

kidnap

v.

1680s, compound of kid (n.) "child" and nap "snatch away," variant of nab; originally "steal children to provide servants and laborers in the American colonies." Related: Kidnapped; kidnapping.

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