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Definition of the verb abduct

What does abduct mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: abducted | abducting | abducts

  1. take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
  2. pull away from the body
    • example: this muscle abducts
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • antonym: adduct
    • more generic words: draw / pull = cause to move by pulling

Alternative definition of the verb abduct


  1. [transitive] To take away secretly by force; to carry away (a human being) wrongfully and usually by violence; to kidnap.
  2. [transitive, anatomy] To draw away, as a limb or other part, from its ordinary position.

Definition of the verb abduct for high school students

    to kidnap, take by force
    • example: The evildoers abducted the fairy princess from her happy home.

The verb abduct is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Specialised definition of the verb abduct

Glossary of sports

to pull a leg or arm in a direction that is away from the centre line of the body, or to pull a toe or finger away from the central line of a leg or arm (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for abduct

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Google previewThe Simon & Schuster Young Readers' Illustrated Dictionary (1985)

by John Grisewood

For example, abduct is an entry word in bold black type and the other forms of the word, abduction and abductor, are also in bold black type. Pronunciation Sometimes the entry is followed by a pronunciation guide; the part of the word to be ...

Google previewBlack's Medical Dictionary (2005)

by Bloomsbury Publishing

Abduct. To abduct means to move a part of the body – for example, a limb – away from the mid line. (Opposite: ADDUCT.) Ablation. Ablation means the removal of any part of the body by a surgical operation. Abnormal. A structure or process ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

stomachal, stomachic, ventral, ventricular, visceral abdominal dropsy ascites abdominal infection peritonitis abdominal organ maintaining condition of blood spleen abduct abduce, appropriate, arrogate, capture, commandeer, hijack, kidnap, ...

Google previewA Pocket Medical Dictionary (1895)

Giving the Pronunciation and Definition of about 12,000 of the Principal Words Used in Medicine and the Collateral Sciences ... by George Milbry Gould

Abduct lingers from median line. Abduct toes. Sub,scapular. Inferior dental. External plantar. Facial. Facial. Facial.

Google previewRandom House Webster's American Sign Language Dictionary (2008)

by Elaine Costello

abduct' k To carry off by force: ro abduct a child. Related form: abduction n. Same sign used for: kidnap.

Google previewStedman's Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing (2005)

by Thomas Lathrop Stedman

Abduct digits from axial line and act with lumbricals to flex metacarpophalangeal joints and extend interphalangeal joints Acting bilaterally, extend vertebral column and head, as back ...

Google previewCalisthenic Dictionary (1902)

A Glossary of Calisthenic Terms Used in American Gymnasia by Alanson Lester Fish

arm- abduct! R. thigh-abduct! Etc. 4. Description of Exercise. The simple movements have been described. The leg and arm movements are executed simultaneously.

Google previewAn Illustrated Dictionary of Medicine, Biology and Allied Sciences, Including the Pronunciation... (1903)

by George Milbry Gould

and extend 2d and 3d, also abduct 2d, 3d, and 4th toes. Interossei of foot, plantar (3). Inner lower surface of 3 outer metatarsal bones. Bases of first phalanges of three outer toes. External plantar.

Google previewThe Love, Sex, and Relationship Dream Dictionary (2016)

Your Guide to Interpreting 1,000 Common Dreams and Symbols about Your Romantic Life by Kelly Sullivan Walden

Abduct,. Abduction. Dreams of abduction reflect that you've been carried away by your feelings, passion, or lust. Perhaps you fear being overpowered and taken for a walk on the wild side or down a dark alley. Often so-called “good” girls and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Microcomputers (1994)

Volume 15 - Reporting on Parallel Software to SNOBOL by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

Abduct. ive. Reasoning.

Google previewConcise Colour Medical Dictionary (2015)

by Elizabeth Martin

abduct. vb. to move a limb or any other part away from the midline of the body. — abduction n. abductor. n. any muscle that moves one part of the body away from another or from the midline of the body. aberrant. adj. abnormal: usually applied ...

Google previewA New Medical Dictionary (1890)

Including All the Words and Phrases Used in Medicine, with Their Proper Pronunciation and Definitions. Based on Recent Medical Literature by George Milbry Gould

Abduct fingers from median line. Ext. plantar. Abduct toes. Perinatal. To maintain erection. Iliac crest, back of Divides into sacro-lumbalis and longissimus dorsi. sacrum, lumbar and three lower dorsal spines. Os calcis, external- ist phalanx ...

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Scrabble value of A1B3D2U1C3T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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