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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.
seize, bear off, bear away.

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Origin of kidnap

1675–85; kid1 + nap, variant of nab
kid·nap·pee, kid·nap·ee, nounkid·nap·per, kid·nap·er, nounun·kid·naped, adjectiveun·kid·napped, adjective
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
kidnapper or US kidnaper, nounkidnapping or US kidnaping, noun
C17: kid 1 + obsolete nap to steal; see nab
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