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kidnap

verb [T] uk   /ˈkɪd.næp/ (-pp-) us  
to take a person away illegally by force, usually in order to demand money in exchange for releasing them: The wife of a businessman has been kidnapped from her home in Surrey.

kidnap

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈkɪd.næp/ us  
the crime of taking someone away by force and demanding money in exchange for releasing them
kidnapper
noun [C] uk (US also kidnaper)   /r/ us    //
(Definition of kidnap from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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