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Definition of kidnap verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    kidnap somebodyVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they kidnap
    he / she / it kidnaps
    past simple kidnaped ()kidnapped
    -ing form kidnaping ()kidnapping
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  1. 1to take someone away illegally and keep them as a prisoner, especially in order to get money or something else for returning them synonym abduct, seize
  2. 2 Two businessmen have been kidnapped by terrorists.
noun The kidnappers are demanding a ransom of $1 million.
(also kidnap) noun [uncountable, countable] He pled guilty to the charge of kidnapping. the kidnap of 12 U.S. citizens
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