abduct /əbˈdʌkt/


I. verb [with obj.]

1. take (someone) away illegally by force or deception; kidnap

the millionaire who disappeared may have been abducted.
[Physiology] (of a muscle) move (a limb or part) away from the midline of the body or from another part.

the posterior rectus muscle, which abducts the eye.
The opposite of adduct1.
– origin early 17th cent.: from Latin abduct- ‘led away’, from the verb abducere, from ab- ‘away, from’ + ducere ‘to lead’.

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