Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To carry off by force; kidnap.
  • transitive verb Physiology To draw away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part or limb.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To take away surreptitiously by force; to carry away (a human being) wrongfully and usually by violence; to kidnap.
  • transitive verb To draw away, as a limb or other part, from its ordinary position.

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
  • verb pull away from the body

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin abdūcere, abduct- : ab-, away; see ab– + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • Thousands of people are going to symbolically 'abduct' themselves and stand in solidarity with all the abducted children forced to fight as soldiers.

    Pete Wentz: Stand in Solidarity with Child 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.

    Frankie Thomas: The Children Are Our Future -- But What Is In Their Sordid Past?

  • And might ETs, on occasion, "abduct" CTs as well as humans?

    Posthuman Blues

  • The teacher asked little mary and little mary said "abduct,"

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  • 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".

    Ottawa Sun

  • 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".

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  • In the filing, Kaine Horman accused Terri Horman of going to the gym looking to "abduct" their daughter.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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