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Definition of the verb abduct
What does abduct mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: abducted | abducting | abducts
- take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] The thief stole the paint [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary] The thief stole the paint for Mary [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] The thief stole the paint from the museum [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] for [Beneficiary] The thief stole the paint from John for Mary
Verbs of Removing (with the same syntax): annex, cabbage, capture, carjack, confiscate, cop, emancipate, embezzle, extort, filch, flog, grab, highjack, hook, kidnap, knock off, liberate, lift, misappropriate, nab, nick, nobble, pickpocket, pilfer, pinch, pirate, plagiarize, purloin, reclaim, redeem, repossess, rescue, rustle, salvage, seize, sequester, shoplift, smuggle, snatch, sneak, steal, swipe, take, thieve, wangle, wrest.
- domain: crime / criminal offence / criminal offense / law-breaking
- lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
- synonyms of abduct: kidnap / nobble / snatch
- more generic word: seize = take or capture by force
- more specific words: shanghai / impress = take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship
- pull away from the body
Alternative definition of the verb abduct
- [transitive] To take away secretly by force; to carry away (a human being) wrongfully and usually by violence; to kidnap.
- synonym: kidnap
- [transitive, anatomy] To draw away, as a limb or other part, from its ordinary position.
- synonym: seize
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)
- antonym: adduct
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for abduct
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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 ...
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 ...
Black'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 ...
A 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.
by Elaine Costello
abduct' k To carry off by force: ro abduct a child. Related form: abduction n. Same sign used for: kidnap.
Calisthenic 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.
Encyclopedia 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 ...
Concise 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 ...
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, ...
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).
A New Medical Dictionary (1890)
by George Milbry Gould
Abduct fingers from median litre. Dorsal Erector penis. interos-'Sides metatarsais. lschial tuberosity, crus penis ...
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 ...
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.
by Mary Miles Prince
Abduction and kidnapping Abduct.
It acts to abduct and rotate the thigh. The gluteus minimus originates between the inferior and anterior ...
Mosby'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 ...
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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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