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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 Kid, which still has an informal air, was considered low slang when kidnapper was formed, and napper is obsolete slang for a thief, coming from the verb nap, "to steal."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 ?
The report that David had been kidnapped ran about through the streets of Winesburg.
Who's afraid of him, except the old governor who daresn't catch him and put him in double-darbies, as he deserves, but lets him go about kidnapping people; aye, and signed a bond with him, that all the people the devil kidnapped, he'd roast for him?
Bout dat time Sally Jackson, dat used to be my second chambermaid en 'uz head chambermaid now, she come out on de guard, en 'uz pow'ful glad to see me, en so 'uz all de officers; en I tole 'em I'd got kidnapped en sole down de river, en dey made me up twenty dollahs en give it to me, en Sally she rigged me out wid good clo'es, en when I got here I went straight to whah you used to wuz, en den I come to dis house, en dey say you's away but 'spected back every day; so I didn't dast to go down de river to Dawson's, 'ca'se I might miss you.
And you were kidnapped by wicked sailors and brought to England.
Phileas Fogg, thus kidnapped, without having time to think, left his house, jumped into a cab, promised a hundred pounds to the cabman, and, having run over two dogs and overturned five carriages, reached the Reform Club.
Had this arisen only a month before, when I had the means at hand and Dominic to confide in, I would have simply kidnapped the fellow.
The other most obvious explanation is that the child has been kidnapped for the purpose of levying ransom.
It appears to me," the doctor continued, "that I am kidnapped.
Then she was all woman, and the magic of sex kidnapped the irritations of the day and made him forget the big revolver, the Baden-Powell, and all the rest.
Nevertheless, in violation of the national and state constitutions, and by means of conspiracy on the parts of the governors of Idaho and Colorado, Moyer and Haywood were kidnapped, thrown into jail, and charged with the murder.
I knew a New Yorker who was kidnapped for ransom by some Afghanistan bandits.
He opened his eyes, and into them came the unbridled anger of a kidnapped king.