Definitions for kidnapˈkɪd næp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

kid•napˈkɪd næp(v.t.)-napped; -naped, -nap•ping; -nap•ing.

  1. to carry off (a person) by force or fraud, esp. for use as a hostage or to extract ransom; abduct.

Origin of kidnap:

1675–85; kid1+nap, var. of nab


Princeton's WordNet

  1. kidnap, nobble, abduct, snatch(verb)

    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom

    "The industrialist's son was kidnapped"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. kidnap(verb)ˈkɪd næp

    to take sb prisoner, especially in order to demand money, a prisoner's release, etc.

    He had been kidnapped by extremists.


  1. kidnap(Noun)

    An instance of kidnapping.

  2. kidnap(Verb)

    To seize and detain a person unlawfully; sometimes for ransom.

  3. Origin: From kid + nap#Etymology 4

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kidnap(verb)

    to take (any one) by force or fear, and against one's will, with intent to carry to another place


  1. Kidnap

    The Doctor and his companions are on board an Earth ship trapped in orbit around the Sense-Sphere when it is boarded by the Sensorites, who steal the lock mechanism from the TARDIS.

Anagrams of kidnap

  1. ink pad, ink-pad, inkpad

  2. Ink pad

  3. Ink-pad

  4. Inkpad

Translations for kidnap

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to carry off (a person) by force, often demanding money in exchange for his safe return

He is very wealthy and lives in fear of his children being kidnapped.

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