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Topic: CRIME

Date: 1600-1700
Origin: kid 'child' + nap 'to take, seize' (17-19 centuries)

kidnap

verb
     
kid‧nap past tense and past participle kidnapped, present participle kidnapping also, past tense and past participle kidnaped, present participle kidnaping American English [transitive]
SCC 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
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