For all your dictionary needs!
Spelling. Are you looking for abduce?
Header of abduct


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

Click on a title to look inside that book (if available):

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 previewRoswell (2017)

by Virginia Loh-Hagan

Examples are abductions. To abduct means to kidnap. Some people believe aliens have kidnapped them. Some people think aliens take humans for experiments. Spotlight biography Ray Santilli ...

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 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 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 previewEncyclopedia of Rape (2004)

by Merril D. Smith

The words abduct and kidnap derive from borrowed Latin and Scandinavian words stems. The first recorded uses of kidnap in the English language appear in the seventeenth century, while abduct appears in the nineteenth century. Today ...

Google previewConcise 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 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 previewThe Student's Medical Dictionary (1904)

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

Abduct from the middle line of the second toe. Interossei of foot, plantar (3). Inner lower surface of 3 outer metatarsal bones. Bases of first phalanges of three outer toes. External plantar. Adduct the outer three toes. Interossei of hand, dorsal (4).

Google previewA New Medical Dictionary (1890)

by George Milbry Gould

Abduct fingers from median litre. Dorsal Erector penis. interos-'Sides metatarsais. lschial tuberosity, crus penis ...

Google previewGrabb's Encyclopedia of Flaps: Upper Extremities, Torso, Pelvis, and Lower Extremities (2015)

by Berish Strauch, Luis O. Vasconez, Charles K. Herman, Bernard T. Lee

CHAPTER 296 □ ABDUCTOR DIGITI MINIMI MUSCLE FLAP V. R. HENTZ The abductor digiti minimi is a relatively expendable muscle, serving only to abduct the little finger—a function performed somewhat by the extrinsic extensors to the ...

Google previewSaunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary (2011)

by Virginia P. Studdert, Clive C. Gay, Douglas C. Blood

abduce to abduct, or draw away. abducens [ab-doo′s nz] [L.] drawing away; pertaining to a movement awayfromthe midline ofthe body. a. nerve seeabducentnerve, andTable 14. abducent [ab-doo′s nt] abducting.

Google previewPrince's Bieber Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (2008)

by Mary Miles Prince

Abduction and kidnapping Abduct.

Google previewMosby's Pocket Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions (2009)

by Mosby

It acts to abduct and rotate the thigh. The gluteus minimus originates between the inferior and anterior ...

Google previewMosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions - Australian & New Zealand Edition (2009)

by Peter Harris, Sue Nagy, Nicholas Vardaxis

It acts to abduct and rotate the thigh. Gluteus minimus originates between the inferior and anterior gluteal ...

Online dictionaries and encyclopedias with entries for abduct

Click on a label to prioritize search results according to that topic:

Usage statistics about abduct

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb abduct:


Photos about abduct

If you need images about abduct for an article or a report, you can download stock photos at a very small price:
Small photo of abduct word in a dictionary. abduct concept.Small photo of abduct word in a dictionary. abduct concept.Small photo of abduct word in a dictionary. abduct concept. More...

Video language resources about abduct

Click on an item to play that video:

See also the pronunciation examples of abduct!

Quotes about abduct

Couldn't select: You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MariaDB server version for the right syntax to use near 'abduct"" IN BOOLEAN MODE) LIMIT 1,1' at line 1

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.

Share this page


Go to the usage examples of abduct to see it in context!

Privacy Policy | Cookies Policy
Keyword Tool | Romanian-English Dictionary