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1Take (someone) away illegally by force or deception; kidnap:‘the millionaire who disappeared may have been abducted’
carry off, capture, seize, snatch, hold to ransom, take as hostage, hijackView synonyms
- ‘This was the second time for the rebels to set free abducted members of security forces in recent weeks.’
- ‘Young men with poor marriage prospects might attempt to abduct a woman and force her into marriage.’
- ‘During one such break-in, they find themselves forced to abduct him and take him into the mountains.’
- ‘So, after he is abducted, he is forced to wander, looking for a community where he can settle.’
- ‘A new law took effect last year that makes it illegal to abduct young girls and force them into marriage.’
- ‘The arrest was a seizure by seven armed men dressed in civilian clothes who abducted him in an unlicensed car.’
- ‘There is a pattern of arbitrary executions, the systematic rape of women and girls and people being abducted.’
- ‘Families who want to marry off their daughters without paying a dowry often hire criminals to abduct eligible boys and force them into wedlock, the paper said.’
- ‘A failed attempt to abduct a legislator's son came to light yesterday, sending shock waves though the legislature's staff.’
- ‘Even if it was a mistake to abduct her children following the trial, the children should not be punished for her mistake.’
- ‘But what possible motive would a person have for abducting Mike?’
- ‘It has been alleged that the person who attempted to abduct the girl was a serving member of the force.’
- ‘A WOMAN abducted by a knifeman in a busy Bolton street and forced to drive to Leeds was today recovering at home.’
- ‘A woman who alleged she was abducted and raped is no longer helping detectives investigating the attack.’
- ‘Have you ever noticed that when people are abducted it's usually during the night, Art?’
- ‘To prove loyalty to the cause, abducted children are often forced to kill family members or each other.’
- ‘Traffickers also kidnap and abduct their victims.’
- ‘You hear about people abducting kids all the time.’
- ‘They said that children who tried to escape were usually captured by other abducted children.’
- ‘He has a string of prior convictions and was arrested and was later convicted of abducting a prostitute and threatening to kill her.’
(of a muscle) move (a limb or part) away from the midline of the body or from another part:‘the posterior rectus muscle, which abducts the eye’The opposite of adduct
- ‘The dorsal interossei abduct the toes from this axis.’
- ‘In the shoulder girdle, the serratus anterior and pectoralis minor muscles contract to abduct the scapula on the up phase.’
- ‘The gluteus medius and minimus abduct and rotate the hip internally.’
- ‘The superior rectus and inferior rectus muscles abduct the eye.’
- ‘When the arm is abducted and externally rotated the sternocostal fibres are maximally stretched.’
Early 17th century: from Latin abduct- led away, from the verb abducere, from ab- away, from + ducere to lead.
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