Kid·nap v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kidnaped or Kidnapped; p. pr. & vb. n. Kidnaping or Kidnapping.] To take (any one) by force or fear, and against one's will, with intent to carry to another place.
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.
v : take away to an undisclosed location against their will and
usually in order to extract a ransom; "The
industrialist's son was kidnapped" [syn: nobble, abduct,
[also: kidnapping, kidnapped]
adj : (of persons) seized and detained unlawfully, often for
ransom; "the father restored the kidnapped (or
abducted) child to the mother" [syn: kidnaped, abducted]