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kid·nap

 (kĭd′năp′)
tr.v. kid·napped, kid·nap·ping, kid·naps or kid·naped or kid·nap·ing
To abduct or confine (a person) forcibly, by threat of force, or by deceit, without the authority of law.

[kid, child + nap, to snatch (perhaps variant of nab or of Scandinavian origin ).]

kid′nap·pee′, kid′nap·ee′ (kĭd′nă-pē′) n.
kid′nap′ n.
kid′nap′per, kid′nap′er n.
Word History: Kidnapper seems to have originated among those who perpetrate this crime. We know this because kid and napper, the two parts of the compound, were slang of the sort that criminals used. Kid, which still has an informal air, was considered low slang when kidnapper was formed, and napper is obsolete slang for a thief, coming from the verb nap, "to steal." Nap is possibly a variant of nab, which also still has a slangy ring. In the second half of the 1600s, when the word kidnapper begins to appear in English, kidnappers plied their trade to secure laborers for plantations in colonies such as the ones in North America. The term later took on the broader sense that it has today. The verb kidnap begins to be attested a bit later than kidnapper and is possibly a back-formation from kidnapper—that is, the suffix -er was removed from kidnapper to create a new verb kidnap.

kidnap

(ˈkɪdnæp)
vb, -naps, -napping or -napped, -naps, -naping or -naped
(tr) to carry off and hold (a person), usually for ransom
[C17: kid1 + obsolete nap to steal; see nab]
ˈkidnapper, ˈkidnaper n
ˈkidnapping, ˈkidnaping n

kid•nap

(ˈkɪd næp)

v.t. -napped -naped, -nap•ping -nap•ing.
to carry off (a person) by force or fraud, esp. for use as a hostage or to extract ransom; abduct.
[1675–85; kid1 + nap, variant of nab]
kid`nap•pee′, kid`nap•ee′, n.
kid′nap•per, kid′nap•er, n.

kidnap


Past participle: kidnapped
Gerund: kidnapping

Imperative
kidnap
kidnap
Present
I kidnap
you kidnap
he/she/it kidnaps
we kidnap
you kidnap
they kidnap
Preterite
I kidnapped
you kidnapped
he/she/it kidnapped
we kidnapped
you kidnapped
they kidnapped
Present Continuous
I am kidnapping
you are kidnapping
he/she/it is kidnapping
we are kidnapping
you are kidnapping
they are kidnapping
Present Perfect
I have kidnapped
you have kidnapped
he/she/it has kidnapped
we have kidnapped
you have kidnapped
they have kidnapped
Past Continuous
I was kidnapping
you were kidnapping
he/she/it was kidnapping
we were kidnapping
you were kidnapping
they were kidnapping
Past Perfect
I had kidnapped
you had kidnapped
he/she/it had kidnapped
we had kidnapped
you had kidnapped
they had kidnapped
Future
I will kidnap
you will kidnap
he/she/it will kidnap
we will kidnap
you will kidnap
they will kidnap
Future Perfect
I will have kidnapped
you will have kidnapped
he/she/it will have kidnapped
we will have kidnapped
you will have kidnapped
they will have kidnapped
Future Continuous
I will be kidnapping
you will be kidnapping
he/she/it will be kidnapping
we will be kidnapping
you will be kidnapping
they will be kidnapping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been kidnapping
you have been kidnapping
he/she/it has been kidnapping
we have been kidnapping
you have been kidnapping
they have been kidnapping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been kidnapping
you will have been kidnapping
he/she/it will have been kidnapping
we will have been kidnapping
you will have been kidnapping
they will have been kidnapping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been kidnapping
you had been kidnapping
he/she/it had been kidnapping
we had been kidnapping
you had been kidnapping
they had been kidnapping
Conditional
I would kidnap
you would kidnap
he/she/it would kidnap
we would kidnap
you would kidnap
they would kidnap
Past Conditional
I would have kidnapped
you would have kidnapped
he/she/it would have kidnapped
we would have kidnapped
you would have kidnapped
they would have kidnapped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.kidnap - take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransomkidnap - take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom; "The industrialist's son was kidnapped"
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
seize - take or capture by force; "The terrorists seized the politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"
shanghai, impress - take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship; "The men were shanghaied after being drugged"

kidnap

verb abduct, remove, steal, capture, seize, snatch (slang), hijack, run off with, run away with, make off with, hold to ransom Police in Brazil uncovered a plot to kidnap him.

kidnap

verb
To seize and detain (a person) unlawfully:
Translations
يَخْتَطِفُيَخْطُف، يَخْتَطِف
unéstúnos
kidnappe
kaapatakidnapatakidnappaussiepata
oteti
elrabol
ræna
誘拐する誘拐
유괴하다
pagrobėjas
ar varu aizvestnolaupīt
ugrabiti
kidnappa
ลักพาตัว
bắt cóc

kidnap

[ˈkɪdnæp] VTsecuestrar, raptar, plagiar (Mex)

kidnap

[ˈkɪdnæp]
n (= kidnapping) → enlèvement m
modif [victim] → d'enlèvement; [group, gang] → de ravisseurs
kidnap attempt → tentative d'enlèvement

kidnap

nEntführung f, → Kidnapping nt

kidnap

[ˈkɪdnæp] vtrapire, sequestrare

kidnap

(ˈkidnӕp) past tense, past participle ˈkidnapped , (American) ˈkidnaped verb
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.
ˈkidnapper noun

kidnap

يَخْتَطِفُ unést kidnappe entführen απάγω raptar siepata enlever oteti sequestrare 誘拐する 유괴하다 ontvoeren kidnappe porwać raptar похищать людей kidnappa ลักพาตัว kaçırmak bắt cóc 绑架
References in classic literature ?
I was afraid to speak to any one for fear of speaking to the wrong one, and thereby fall- ing into the hands of money-loving kidnappers, whose business it was to lie in wait for the panting fugitive, as the ferocious beasts of the forest lie in wait for their prey.
I found among them a deter- mination to protect each other from the blood-thirsty kidnapper, at all hazards.
Here I walked about for a long time, feeling very strange, and mortally apprehensive of some one coming in and kidnapping me; for I believed in kidnappers, their exploits having frequently figured in Bessie's fireside chronicles.
Kidnappers and inveiglers were planted in all the avenues of entrance to the Commons, with instructions to do their utmost to cut off all persons in mourning, and all gentlemen with anything bashful in their appearance, and entice them to the offices in which their respective employers were interested; which instructions were so well observed, that I myself, before I was known by sight, was twice hustled into the premises of our principal opponent.
I have, therefore, received a very good education, and have been treated by these kidnappers very much as the slaves were treated in Asia Minor, whose masters made them grammarians, doctors, and philosophers, in order that they might fetch a higher price in the Roman market.
Theoretic kidnappers and slave-drivers, they esteem each man the victim of another, who winds him round his finger by knowing the law of his being; and by such cheap signboards as the color of his beard or the slope of his occiput, reads the inventory of his fortunes and character.
and that person unknown was obviously working on behalf of the kidnapper.
The unhappy kits were rescued, half smothered, and restored to their lawful owners, amid dire lamentation from the little kidnapper, who declared that she only "tooked um 'cause they'd want to go wid their sister Tomit.
The school was Mr Squeers's,' continued Ralph; 'the boy was left there in the name of Smike; every description was fully given, dates tally exactly with Mr Squeers's books, Mr Squeers is lodging with you at this time; you have two other boys at his school: you communicated the whole discovery to him, he brought you to me as the person who had recommended to him the kidnapper of his child; and I brought you here.
The kidnapper undid the bloody wrappings and looked at his lacerated hand.
When the family failed to arrange the money, the kidnappers killed the boy and threw his body in the graveyard.
ISLAMABAD -- Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of Islamabad Police recovered the abducted student of 9th class after successful raid at hideout of kidnappers in Bannu district, a police spokesman said.