|Origin:||kid 'child' + nap 'to take, seize' (17-19 centuries)|
kid‧nap past tense and past participle kidnapped, present participle kidnapping also, past tense and past participle kidnaped, present participle kidnaping American English [transitive]
to take someone somewhere illegally by force, often in order to get money for returning them [↪ ransom]:
Police appealed for witnesses after a woman was kidnapped at gunpoint.
—kidnapper noun [countable]
the hunt for the kidnapper
—kidnapping also kidnap noun [uncountable and countable]
a series of kidnappings