kidnap

kidnap
I UK [ˈkɪdnæp] / US [ˈkɪdˌnæp] verb [transitive]
Word forms "kidnap":
present tense I/you/we/they kidnap he/she/it kidnaps present participle kidnapping past tense kidnapped past participle kidnapped
*
to illegally take someone away and make them a prisoner, especially in order to make their family or government give you money or allow you to do what you want

Three American journalists have been kidnapped by political extremists.


Derived word:
kidnapper
noun countable
Word forms "kidnapper":
singular kidnapper plural kidnappers
II = kidnapping
kidnap UK [ˈkɪdnæp] / US [ˈkɪdˌnæp] or kidnapping UK [ˈkɪdnæpɪŋ] / US [ˈkɪdˌnæpɪŋ] noun [countable/uncountable]
Word forms "kidnap":
singular kidnap plural kidnaps
Word forms "kidnapping":
singular kidnapping plural kidnappings
the act of kidnapping someone

the kidnap of a local businessman

a kidnapping victim


English dictionary. 2014.

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