Kidnap definition

kĭdnăp
To steal (a child)
verb
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An instance of kidnapping.
noun
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To abduct or confine (a person) forcibly, by threat of force, or by deceit, without the authority of law.
verb
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To seize and detain a person unlawfully; sometimes for ransom.
verb
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To seize and hold or carry off (a person) against that person's will, by force or fraud, often for ransom.
verb
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Origin of kidnap

  • kid child nap to snatch (perhaps variant of nab) (or of Scandinavian origin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From kid (“child”) + nap (“nab, grab”)

    From Wiktionary