kidnap VERB (kidnapped, kidnapping; US also kidnaped, kidnaping) abduct and hold (someone) captive, typically to obtain a ransom.
NOUN an instance of kidnapping.
DERIVATIVES kidnapper noun.
ORIGIN from KID(Cf. ↑kid) + slang nap «nab, seize».

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