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abduct

ab·duct

abduct

 
pronunciation:
b duhkt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: abducts, abducting, abducted
definition 1: to carry off or lead away, esp. by force; kidnap.
The heiress was abducted and held for ransom.
synonyms:
capture, take
similar words:
commandeer, hijack, kidnap, ravish, seize, snatch
definition 2: to draw or cause to move away from the main axis of the body. (Cf. adduct.)
The gluteal muscles abduct the hip joint.
Word Parts
The word abduct contains the following parts:
ab-, abs- Latin prefix that means from, away from
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Most words containing the prefix ab- , abs- are Latin loanwords, so the bases are Latin roots. ab- becomes abs- before bases beginning with "t," such as "tract."
duc, duct Latin root that means lead; draw along