Meaning of “kidnap” in the English Dictionary

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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.
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)