1. [syn: kidnap, nobble, abduct, snatch]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Kidnap \Kid"nap`\ (k[i^]d"n[a^]p`), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Kidnaped (k[i^]d"n[a^]pt`) or Kidnapped; p. pr. & vb. n.
Kidnaping or Kidnapping.] [Kid a child + Prov. E. nap to
seize, to grasp. Cf. Knab, Knap, Nab.]
To take (any one) by force or fear, and against one's will,
with intent to carry to another place. --Abbott.
You may reason or expostulate with the parents, but
never attempt to kidnap their children, and to make
proselytes of them. --Whately.
Note: Originally used only of stealing children, but now
extended in application to any human being,
involuntarily abducted. Kidnaper
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 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, abduct,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
24 Moby Thesaurus words for "kidnap":
abduce, abduct, capture, carry away, carry off, coax, crimp, decoy,
entice, hold for ransom, impress, inveigh, lure, make off with,
return, run away with, seduce, seize, shanghai, skyjack, snatch,
spirit away, throttle, waylay