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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - The act of freeing from captivity or punishment; Payment for the release of someone; Money demanded for the return of a captured person v. - Exchange or buy back for money.

Usage examples (35)
  • They expected to get a large ransom from the Scots for him.
  • Because the ransom is small, people tend to pay up and keep quiet ...
  • The word ransom means, literally, a price paid for the redemption of captives.
  • The hostages are rarely hurt and people are usually freed after a ransom is paid. for more
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