to carry off or lead away (a person) illegally and in secret or by force, especially to kidnap.
Physiology. to move or draw away from the axis of the body or limb (opposed to ).
Contemporary Examples

The day before there had been an attempt to abduct him, she says.
‘In Cold Blood’ in Ukraine Jamie Dettmer May 2, 2014

When Syrian soldiers from the Interior Ministry roared up in a white Toyota van to abduct me, I was startled.
How I Escaped Assad’s Army in Syria Jamie Dettmer November 24, 2013

“I thought no one could enter the tank and abduct me,” he said.
Gilad Shalit’s Five Years in Gaza Dan Ephron October 18, 2012

Historical Examples

“At the very least, that fellow has tried to abduct this young lady,” added Orme.
The Girl and The Bill Bannister Merwin

abduct a young woman, risk prison, and then afraid to lay hands on her!
The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath

When he threatened three weeks ago to abduct me and let me witness his next crime, I realized that here was my chance.
The Black Star Johnston McCulley

That means that nobody gets a show to abduct ’em while you’re around, I take it?
Julia The Apostate Josephine Daskam

If he could not abduct Barbara and go free, he would kill himself when they came to take him.
The Penalty Gouverneur Morris

And you would not have found it necessary to abduct my daughter.
Arsne Lupin versus Herlock Sholmes Maurice LeBlanc

Was it like devotion to me that you should try to abduct La Belle Stamboulane in the public street?
The Son of Clemenceau Alexandre (fils) Dumas

verb (transitive)
to remove (a person) by force or cunning; kidnap
(of certain muscles) to pull (a leg, arm, etc) away from the median axis of the body Compare adduct

“to kidnap,” 1834, probably a back-formation from abduction; cf. abduce. Related: Abducted; abducting.

abduct ab·duct (āb-dŭkt’)
v. ab·duct·ed, ab·duct·ing, ab·ducts
To draw away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part or limb.
ab·duc’tion n.


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