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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′nap·pee′, kid′nap·ee′ (kĭd′nă-pē′) 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 Kid, which still has an informal air, was considered low slang when kidnapper was formed, and napper is obsolete slang for a thief, coming from the verb nap, "to steal."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.
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
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.
kid`nap•pee′, kid`nap•ee′, n.
kid′nap•per, kid′nap•er, n.
Past participle: kidnapped
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|Verb||1.||kidnap - 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"
ar varu aizvestnolaupīt
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. ontvoer يَخْطُف، يَخْتَطِف отвличам raptar unést entführen kidnappe απάγωsecuestrar, raptar inimest röövima آدم ربایی کردن kidnapata kidnapper לַחטוֹף अपहरण करना oteti elrabol menculik ræna rapire, sequestrare 誘かいする 유괴하다 pagrobti nolaupīt (bērnu); ar varu aizvest (kādu) diculik ontvoerenkidnappe, bortføreporwać اختطاف،انسان تښتونه raptar a kidnapa, a răpi похищать uniesť ugrabiti kidnapovati kidnappa ลักพาตัวเพื่อเรียกค่าไถ่ kaçırmak 綁架 викрадати اغوا کرنا bắt cóc 绑架ˈkidnapper noun
ontvoerder مُخْتَطِف похитител raptor únosce der Entführer kidnapper; bortfører απαγωγέαςsecuestrador inimröövija آدم ربا kidnappaaja ravisseur/-euse חוטף अपहर्ता otimač emberrabló penculik mannræningi rapitore, rapitrice, sequestratore, sequestratrice 誘かい者 유괴범 pagrobėjas (bērnu) nolaupītājs penculik ontvoerderkidnapperporywacz انسان تښتونكې raptor răpitor похититель únosca ugrabitelj kidnaper kidnappare คนลักพาตัว adam kaçıran 綁架者 викрадач дітей, людей اغوا کرنے والا شخص kẻ bắt cóc 绑架者