from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- transitive verb To abduct or confine (a person) forcibly, by threat of force, or by deceit, without the authority of law.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To steal, abduct, or carry off forcibly (a human being, whether man, woman, or child). In law it sometimes implies a carrying beyond the jurisdiction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To take (any one) by force or fear, and against one's will, with intent to carry to another place.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb transitive To
seizeand detaina person unlawfully; sometimes for ransom.
- noun An
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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I think the word kidnap even surprised him: he thought wee Siobhan was still missing.
The Bloomsday Dead Adrian McKinty 2007
As the programme says, the issue – having such a high-profile person in a war zone where kidnap is common – must have been assessed and debated.
TV review: The Taking of Prince Harry Sam Wollaston 2010
In Prince Harry's case, protocol says that the first people called aren't MI5 or MI6 but the Met Police because kidnap is a crime, not a military matter.
Grace Dent's TV OD: The Taking Of Prince Harry Grace Dent 2010
Global News Blog » North America - Notable drop in kidnap menace says:
His name also surfaced in Nicaragua, on a list compiled by terrorists of potential Latin American kidnap targets.
With the police often slow to react and wealthy parents eager to pay, a kidnap should be a quick and simple money-spinner.
Insurgents shot at the car of Bahrain's charge d'affaires in what is being described as a kidnap attempt.
You and Chris are not exactly big name kidnap bait, and Morrison and Sol wouldn't lift a finger to save you.
Hollywood Nocturne Ellroy, James 1994
She knew the kidnap was a fake because she was supposed to run off with the kid and the money.
Bitter Gold Hearts Cook, Glen 1988
AQIM in particular has perfected what analysts call a "kidnap economy," drawing on its refuge in Mali, according to diplomats, hostage negotiators and government officials.