kidnap - definition and synonyms

 
verb [transitive]  /ˈkɪdnæp/
present tense
I/you/we/theykidnap
he/she/itkidnaps
present participlekidnapping
past tensekidnapped
past participlekidnapped
  1. to illegally take someone away and make them a prisoner, especially in order to make their family or government give you money or allow you to do what you want

    Three American journalists have been kidnapped by political extremists.

derived word

kidnapper

noun [countable]
singularkidnapper
pluralkidnappers