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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 was kidnapped from her home in London last night.

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    //
Translations of “kidnap”
in Korean 납치하다…
in Arabic يَخْتَطِف…
in French kidnapper…
in Turkish adam kaçırmak…
in Italian rapire, sequestrare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 綁架, 劫持…
in Russian похищать людей (для получения выкупа)…
in Polish porwać…
in Spanish secuestrar, raptar…
in Portuguese sequestrar…
in German entführen…
in Catalan segrestar…
in Japanese (人)を誘かいする…
in Chinese (Simplified) 绑架, 劫持…
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