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’.