Definition of kidnap verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

kidnap

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkɪdnæp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪdnæp//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they kidnap
BrE BrE//ˈkɪdnæp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪdnæp//
 
he / she / it kidnaps
BrE BrE//ˈkɪdnæps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪdnæps//
 
past simple kidnapped
BrE BrE//ˈkɪdnæpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪdnæpt//
 
past participle kidnapped
BrE BrE//ˈkɪdnæpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪdnæpt//
 
(also US English) past simple kidnaped
BrE BrE//ˈkɪdnæpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪdnæpt//
 
(also US English) past participle kidnaped
BrE BrE//ˈkɪdnæpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪdnæpt//
 
-ing form kidnapping
BrE BrE//ˈkɪdnæpɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪdnæpɪŋ//
 
(also US English) -ing form kidnaping
BrE BrE//ˈkɪdnæpɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪdnæpɪŋ//
 
Criminals, Committing crime
 
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kidnap somebody to take somebody away illegally and keep them as a prisoner, especially in order to get money or something else for returning them synonym abduct, seize Two businessmen have been kidnapped by terrorists. The terrorists were planning to kidnap one of the president’s sons. Wordfinderalert, assassinate, attack, campaign, execute, extremist, hijack, hostage, kidnap, terrorism See related entries: Criminals, Committing crime Word Origin late 17th cent.: back-formation from kidnapper, from kid ‘child’ + slang nap ‘nab, seize’.
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