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kidnapverb [T]

uk   /ˈkɪd.næp/ us   /ˈkɪd.næp/ -pp-
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.

kidnapnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈkɪd.næp/ us   /ˈkɪd.næp/
the crime of taking someone away by force and demanding money in exchange for releasing them
kidnapper
noun [C] US also kidnaper uk   /ˈkɪd.næp.ər/ us   /ˈkɪd.næp.ɚ/
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kidnapverb [T]

us   /ˈkɪd·næp/ -pp-, -p-
to illegally take a person away by force, usually in order to demand money in exchange for that person’s release: The wife of a prominent businessman 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 diaper bag.
(Definition of kidnap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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