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kidnap (v.)

1680s, thieves' cant, a compound of kid (n.) "child" and nap (v.) "snatch away," which probably is a variant of nab (v.). Perhaps a back-formation from kidnapper, which is recorded earlier. Originally "to steal children to provide servants and laborers in the American colonies." Related: Kidnapped; kidnapping.

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Definitions of kidnap from WordNet

kidnap (v.)
take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom;
The industrialist's son was kidnapped
Synonyms: nobble / abduct / snatch
From wordnet.princeton.edu