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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Kidnap  \Kid"nap`\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Kidnaped}or  {Kidnapped}; 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Kidnaping}  or  {Kidnapping}.]  [Kid  a  child  + 
  Prov.  E.  nap  to  seize,  to  grasp.  Cf  {Knab},  {Knap},  {Nab}.] 
  To  take  (any  one)  by  force  or  fear,  and  against  one's  will 
  with  intent  to  carry  to  another  place  --Abbott. 
 
  You  may  reason  or  expostulate  with  the  parents,  but 
  never  attempt  to  kidnap  their  children,  and  to  make 
  proselytes  of  them  --Whately. 
 
  Note:  Originally  used  only  of  stealing  children,  but  now 
  extended  in  application  to  any  human  being 
  involuntarily  abducted. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  kidnap 
  v  :  of  people  [syn:  {nobble},  {abduct},  {snatch}] 




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