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kidnap

Legal Definition of kidnap

Verb

  1. abduct (a person), especially to obtain a ransom
  2. carry away somebody by force and unlawfully

Definition of kidnap

Etymology

  • From kid ("child") + nap ("nab, grab")

Verb

to kidnap (third-person singular simple present kidnaps, present participle kidnapping or kidnaping, simple past and past participle kidnapped or kidnaped)

  1. (transitive) To seize and detain a person unlawfully; sometimes for ransom.

Noun

kidnap (plural kidnaps)

  1. An instance of kidnapping.

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