kidnap vtkid·napped or: kid·naped [-napt]
kid·nap·ping or: kid·nap·ing [-na-pi]
[probably back-formation from kidnapper , from kid child + obsolete napper thief]
: to seize and confine or carry away by force or fraud and often with a demand for ransom
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.