American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To carry off by force; kidnap.
- v. Physiology To draw away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part or limb.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lead away or carry off surreptitiously or by force; kidnap.
- In physiology, to move or draw away (a limb) from the axis of the body, or (a digit) from the axis of the limb: opposed to adduct.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To take away surreptitiously by force; to carry away (a human being) wrongfully and usually by violence; to kidnap.
- v. To draw away, as a limb or other part, from its ordinary position.
- v. take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
- v. pull away from the body
- Latin abdūcere, abduct- : ab-, away; see ab-1 + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Thousands of people are going to symbolically 'abduct' themselves and stand in solidarity with all the abducted children forced to fight as soldiers.”
“The Ganymede myth was a cornerstone of Greek pederast culture, especially on the island of Crete, where inhabitants performed a ritual described by the Greek historian Ephorus: men would ceremonially "abduct" young boys, taking them into the countryside for two months of feasting, hunting, and sexual intercourse.”
“And might ETs, on occasion, "abduct" CTs as well as humans?”
“In the filing, Kaine Horman accused Terri Horman of going to the gym looking to "abduct" their daughter.”
“Petit Jackson also accuses the Thriller hitmaker's mother, Katherine Jackson, of scheming to "abduct" her when she was nine in a bid to preserve the superstar's "reputation".”
“That court motion also detailed an alleged sexual affair with one of Kaine's high school classmates, and a reported attempt to "abduct" the couple's young daughter Kiara.”
“Ms Petit Jackson alleged that when she was nine years old, Jackson's mother Katherine devised a plan to "abduct" her and sent her to Belgium to protect her son's "reputation".”
“The teacher asked little mary and little mary said "abduct,”
“The local part of a global rally, the event is orchestrated by a nonprofit called Invisible Children that's asking volunteers in 100 cities to "abduct" themselves, march to a public place and wait there until they are rescued by prominent state figures and media.”
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