Definition of kidnap in English:

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kidnap

Pronunciation: /ˈkidˌnap/

verb (kidnaps, kidnapping, kidnapped; also kidnaping, kidnaped)

[with object]
Take (someone) away illegally by force, typically to obtain a ransom.
Example sentences
  • His brother abroad collected a ransom thinking he was kidnapped by petty criminals.
  • She turned on the TV, and watched as old men discussed the events of the ‘Kidnapper’, a nickname given to a criminal who kidnaps women.
  • Special refugee camps to prevent children being kidnapped by criminal gangs are to be set up.
Synonyms
abduct, carry off, capture, seize, snatch, take hostage

noun

The action of kidnapping someone: they were arrested for robbery and kidnap
More example sentences
  • He pleaded guilty to three robberies, kidnap and one offence of aggravated burglary.
  • At the same time, you want us to deal with terror, with murder, with kidnap, with rape.
  • Not a day passes without reports of mugging, murder, dacoity, extortion and kidnap making it to the front page.

Origin

Late 17th century: back-formation from kidnapper, from kid1 + slang nap 'nab, seize'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: kid·nap

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