Definition of abduct in English:


Line breaks: ab¦duct
Pronunciation: /əbˈdʌkt


[with object]
  • 1Take (someone) away illegally by force or deception; kidnap: the millionaire who disappeared may have been abducted
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    • 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.
  • 2 Physiology (Of a muscle) move (a limb or part) away from the midline of the body or from another part: the posterior rectus muscle, which abducts the eye The opposite of adduct1.
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    • 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 the verb abducere, from ab- 'away, from' + ducere 'to lead'.

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