Definition of abduct in English:


Syllabification: ab·duct
Pronunciation: /abˈdəkt


[with object]
1Take (someone) away illegally by force or deception; kidnap: the millionaire who disappeared may have been abducted
More example sentences
  • A new law took effect last year that makes it illegal to abduct young girls and force them into marriage.
  • Families who want to marry off their daughters without paying a dowry often hire criminals to abduct eligible boys and force them into wedlock, the paper said.
  • To prove loyalty to the cause, abducted children are often forced to kill family members or each other.
kidnap, carry off, seize, capture, run away/off with, make off with, spirit away
informal snatch, shanghai
2 Physiology (Of a muscle) move (a limb or part) away from the midline of the body or from another part. The opposite of adduct1.
More example sentences
  • The superior rectus and inferior rectus muscles abduct the eye.
  • When the arm is abducted and externally rotated the sternocostal fibres are maximally stretched.
  • The dorsal interossei abduct the toes from this axis.


early 17th century: from Latin abduct- 'led away', from abducere, from ab- 'away, from'+ ducere 'to lead'.

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