American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To seize and detain unlawfully and usually for ransom.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- v. transitive To seize and detain a person unlawfully; sometimes for ransom.
- n. An instance of kidnapping.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To take (any one) by force or fear, and against one's will, with intent to carry to another place.
- v. take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
- From kid ("child") + nap ("nab, grab") (Wiktionary)
- Probably kid + nap, to snatch (perhaps variant of nab and or of Scandinavian origin). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I think the word kidnap even surprised him: he thought wee Siobhan was still missing.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“She knew the kidnap was a fake because she was supposed to run off with the kid and the money.”
“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.”
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