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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-duhkt]
    • /æbˈdʌkt/
    • /æbˈdʌkt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-duhkt]
    • /æbˈdʌkt/

Definitions of abduct word

  • verb abduct If someone is abducted by another person, he or she is taken away illegally, usually using force. 3
  • verb abduct to remove (a person) by force or cunning; kidnap 3
  • verb abduct (of certain muscles) to pull (a leg, arm, etc) away from the median axis of the body 3
  • verb transitive abduct to take (a person) away unlawfully and by force or fraud; kidnap 3
  • verb transitive abduct to pull (a part of the body) away from the median axis: said of a muscle 3
  • verb with object abduct to carry off or lead away (a person) illegally and in secret or by force, especially to kidnap. 1

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Origin of abduct

First appearance:

before 1825
One of the 37% newest English words
1825-35; < Latin abductus, past participle of abdūcere to abduce

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Parts of speech for Abduct


abduct popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abduct

verb abduct

  • snatch — to make a sudden effort to seize something, as with the hand; grab (usually followed by at).
  • kidnap — to steal, carry off, or abduct by force or fraud, especially for use as a hostage or to extract ransom.
  • seize — to take hold of suddenly or forcibly; grasp: to seize a weapon.
  • grab — to seize suddenly or quickly; snatch; clutch: He grabbed me by the collar.
  • shanghai — to enroll or obtain (a sailor) for the crew of a ship by unscrupulous means, as by force or the use of liquor or drugs.

Antonyms for abduct

verb abduct

  • release — to lease again.
  • give — to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow: to give a birthday present to someone.
  • give up — the quality or state of being resilient; springiness.
  • let go — to move or proceed, especially to or from something: They're going by bus.

noun abduct

  • adduct — (of a muscle) to draw or pull (a leg, arm, etc) towards the median axis of the body

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