verb (kidnaps, kidnapping, kidnapped; also kidnaping, kidnaped)[with object]
Take (someone) away illegally by force, typically to obtain a ransom.
- 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.
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.
Late 17th century: back-formation from kidnapper, from kid1 + slang nap 'nab, seize'.
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