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Noun: kidnapping  'kid,na-ping
  1. (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment
    - snatch, kidnaping [US]
Verb: kidnap (kidnapped,kidnapping, also kidnaped,kidnaping)  'kid,nap
  1. Take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
    "The industrialist's son was kidnapped";
    - nobble [Brit, informal], abduct, snatch

Derived forms: kidnappings

Type of: capture, seize, seizure

Encyclopedia: Kidnapping, Caucasian style