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abductverb [T]

uk   /æbˈdʌkt/ us   /æbˈdʌkt/
  • abduct verb [T] (TAKE A PERSON)

to force someone to go somewhere with you, often using threats or violence: The company director was abducted from his car by terrorists.
  • abduct verb [T] (MOVE BODY PART)

specialized medical to move a part of the body away from the central part of the body or away from another body part: Listen for a clicking sound as the child's hips are abducted.
(Definition of abduct from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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abductverb [T]

us   /æbˈdʌkt, əb-/
to take a person away by force: Kidnappers abducted the child from the playground.
abduction
noun [C/U] us   /æbˈdʌk·ʃən, əb-/
[C] The abduction took place in front of several helpless witnesses.
(Definition of abduct from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “abduct”
in Vietnamese bắt cóc…
in Spanish secuestrar, raptar…
in Malaysian diculik…
in Thai ลักพาตัว…
in French enlever…
in German entführen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 綁架, 劫持, 誘拐…
in Russian похищать…
in Turkish zorla kaçırmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 绑架, 劫持, 诱拐…
in Indonesian menculik…
in Polish porwać, uprowadzić…
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