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kidnap

[ kid-nap ]
/ ˈkɪd næp /
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verb (used with object), kid·napped or kid·naped, kid·nap·ping or kid·nap·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

1675–85; kid1 + nap, variant of nab

OTHER WORDS FROM kidnap

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH kidnap

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

kidnap
/ (ˈkɪdnæp) /

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
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