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Definition of "abduct" []

  • To carry off by force; kidnap. (verb-transitive)
  • Physiology To draw away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part or limb. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "abduct" in a sentence
  • "Thousands of people are going to symbolically 'abduct' themselves and stand in solidarity with all the abducted children forced to fight as soldiers."
  • "The Ganymede myth was a cornerstone of Greek pederast culture, especially on the island of Crete, where inhabitants performed a ritual described by the Greek historian Ephorus: men would ceremonially "abduct" young boys, taking them into the countryside for two months of feasting, hunting, and sexual intercourse."
  • "And might ETs, on occasion, "abduct" CTs as well as humans?"