Verb abduct Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


abduct (third-person singular simple present abducts, present participle abducting, simple past and past participle abducted)

  1. (transitive) To take away by force; to carry away (a human being) wrongfully and usually with violence or deception; to kidnap. [3]
  2. (transitive, physiology) To draw away, as a limb or other part, from its ordinary position; to move similar parts apart. [3]

More definition: carry off or lead away (a person) illegally and in secret or by force, especially to kidnap.

2.Physiology. to move or draw away from the axis of the body or limb (opposed to adduct).

1. to remove (a person) by force or cunning; kidnap

2. (of certain muscles) to pull (a leg, arm, etc) away from the median axis of the body Compare adduct Derived Formsabductor, noun Word OriginC19, from the past participle of Latin abdūcere to lead awayCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
"to kidnap," 1834, probably a back-formation from abduction; cf. abduce. Related, Abducted; abducting.


Our successes consisted of the location of a lost girl, two more runaways, and the identification of a pedophile who attempted to abduct a young boy.

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