1. [ verb ] take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
Synonyms: kidnap snatch abduct

"The industrialist's son was kidnapped"

Related terms: seize seize shanghai crime kidnapper abduction
2. [ verb ] (criminal law) make off with belongings of others
Synonyms: pilfer purloin lift abstract hook filch pinch sneak swipe snarf cabbage
Related terms: steal booster pilferage
3. [ verb ] deprive of by deceit
Synonyms: defraud swindle con goldbrick scam bunco mulct gyp diddle victimize rook

"He swindled me out of my inheritance" "She defrauded the customers who trusted her" "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change"

Related terms: cheat short-change exploitation bunco scam swindler
4. [ verb ] disable by drugging, as of a race horse
Related terms: disable
Similar spelling:   Noble