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Definition of "ransom" []

  • The release of property or a person in return for payment of a demanded price. (noun)
  • The price or payment demanded or paid for such release. (noun)
  • A redemption from sin and its consequences. (noun)
  • To obtain the release of by paying a certain price. (verb-transitive)
  • To release after receiving such a payment. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ransom" in a sentence
  • "Instead of the Greek word "ransom," Jesus, who spoke"
  • "A Somali pirate group holding a British couple kidnapped from their yacht one year ago says Paul and Rachel Chandler will not be released until a full ransom is paid."
  • "The hostages are rarely hurt and people are usually freed after a ransom is paid."