verb (used with object), kidnapped or kidnaped, kidnapping or kidnaping.
to steal, carry off, or abduct by force or fraud, especially for use as a hostage or to extract ransom.

1675–85; kid1 + nap, variant of nab

kidnappee, kidnapee, noun
kidnapper, kidnaper, noun
unkidnaped, adjective
unkidnapped, adjective

hijack, kidnap, shanghai, skyjack.

seize, bear off, bear away. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
kidnap (ˈkɪdnæp)
vb , (US) -naps, -napping, -napped, -naps, -naping, -naped
(tr) to carry off and hold (a person), usually for ransom
[C17: kid1 + obsolete nap to steal; see nab]

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Word Origin & History

1673, compound of kid (n.) "child" and nap "snatch away," variant of nab; originally "stealing children to provide servants and laborers in the American colonies."
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Example sentences for kidnap
The bureau made kidnap for ransom a special priority, and continues to do so today.
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