abduct
transitive verb Etymology: Latin abductus, past participle of abducere, literally, to lead away, from ab- + ducere to lead — more at tow Date: 1825 1. to seize and take away (as a person) by force 2. to draw or spread away (as a limb or the fingers) from a position near or parallel to the median axis of the body or from the axis of a limb • abductor noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(surreptitiously or forcibly, or both), , , , , ,


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  • abduct — ab·duct /ab dəkt, əb / vt: to carry or lead (a person) away by threat or use of force or often by fraud; also: to restrain or conceal (a person) for the purpose of preventing escape or rescue see also kidnapping ab·duc·tor / dək tər/ n Merriam… …   Law dictionary

  • abduct — abduct, kidnap are sometimes employed without distinction as denoting to carry off (a person) surreptitiously for an illegal purpose. In general use kidnap is the more specific term because it connotes seizure and detention for ransom. In law,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Abduct — Ab*duct , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abducted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abducting}.] [L. abductus, p. p. of abducere. See {Abduce}.] 1. To take away surreptitiously by force; to carry away (a human being) wrongfully and usually by violence; to kidnap. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abduct — is a verb meaning to carry away . Specifically, it can refer to:* Abduction (kinesiology) extending a limb away from the body * Kidnappingee also* Abduction …   Wikipedia

  • abduct — (v.) to kidnap, 1834, probably a back formation from ABDUCTION (Cf. abduction); Cf. ABDUCE (Cf. abduce). Related: Abducted; abducting …   Etymology dictionary

  • abduct — [v] take by force and without permission carry off, dognap*, grab, kidnap, make off with, put the snatch on*, remove, seize, shanghai*, snatch, sneeze*, spirit away*; concept 139 Ant. give up, let go, release …   New thesaurus

  • abduct — ► VERB ▪ take (someone) away by force or deception. DERIVATIVES abductee noun abduction noun abductor noun. ORIGIN Latin abducere lead away …   English terms dictionary

  • abduct — [ab dukt′, əbdukt′] vt. [< L abductus, pp. of abducere, to lead away < ab , away + ducere, to lead: see DUCT] 1. to take (a person) away unlawfully and by force or fraud; kidnap 2. Physiol. to pull (a part of the body) away from the median… …   English World dictionary

  • abduct — v. (D; tr.) to abduct from (to abduct a child from its home) * * * (D; tr.) to abduct from (to abduct a child from its home) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • abduct — verb Abduct is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑alien Abduct is used with these nouns as the object: ↑child …   Collocations dictionary

  • abduct — UK [æbˈdʌkt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms abduct : present tense I/you/we/they abduct he/she/it abducts present participle abducting past tense abducted past participle abducted to take someone away from their home, family etc using force He …   English dictionary

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