AskDefine | Define abduct

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abduct

Verb

1 take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom; "The industrialist's son was kidnapped" [syn: kidnap, nobble, snatch]
2 pull away from the body; "this muscle abducts" [ant: adduct]

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English

Etymology

From etyl la abductus, past participle of abducere

Pronunciation

  • /æbˈdʌkt/
  • Rhymes: -ʌkt

Verb

  1. To take away secretly by force; to carry away (a human being) wrongfully and usually by violence; to kidnap.
  2. To draw away, as a limb or other part, from its ordinary position.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

to take away
to draw away from its ordinary position

Shorthand

(Version: Simplified,Anniversary,Pre-Anniversary): a - b - d - u - k

Extensive Definition

Abduct is a verb meaning to carry away. Specifically, it can refer to:

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