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"kidnap" in British English

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kidnapverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈkɪd.næp/ (-pp-)
to take a ​person away ​illegally by ​force, usually in ​order to ​demandmoney in ​exchange for ​releasing them: The ​wife of a ​businessman was kidnapped from her ​home in London last ​night.

kidnapnoun [C or U]

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

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kidnapverb [T]

 us   /ˈkɪd·næp/ (-pp-, -p-)
to ​illegally take a ​person away by ​force, usually in ​order to ​demandmoney in ​exchange for that person’s ​release: The ​wife of a ​prominentbusinessman was kidnapped today.
kidnapper
noun [C] (also kidnaper)  us   /ˈkɪd·næp·ər/
In the ​note, the kidnapper ​instructed the ​parents of the kidnapped ​girl to put $10,000 ​cash in a ​diaperbag.
(Definition of kidnap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “kidnap”
in Korean 납치하다…
in Arabic يَخْتَطِف…
in Malaysian diculik…
in French kidnapper…
in Russian похищать людей (для получения выкупа)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 綁架, 劫持…
in Italian rapire, sequestrare…
in Turkish adam kaçırmak…
in Polish porwać…
in Spanish secuestrar, raptar…
in Vietnamese bắt cóc…
in Portuguese sequestrar…
in Thai ลักพาตัวเพื่อเรียกค่าไถ่…
in German entführen…
in Catalan segrestar…
in Japanese (人)を誘かいする…
in Chinese (Simplified) 绑架, 劫持…
in Indonesian menculik…
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