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Definitions of ransom

  1. To free from prison; slavery, or punishment, by a payment; redeem; deliver. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To redeem from captivity, punishment, or ownership. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To redeem by a ransom. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To secure the release of for a price; redeem. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. To redeem from captivity or bondage; to redeem from the bondage of sin. See Redemption. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. To free from captivity, slavery, or punishment, by the payment of a price; to redeem from the bondage or punishment of sin. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. the act of freeing from captivity or punishment Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. payment for the release of someone Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. money demanded for the return of a captured person Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. The release of a captive, or of captured property, by payment of a consideration; redemption; as, prisoners hopeless of ransom. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The money or price paid for the redemption of a prisoner, or for goods captured by an enemy; payment for freedom from restraint, penalty, or forfeit. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A sum paid for the pardon of some great offense and the discharge of the offender; also, a fine paid in lieu of corporal punishment. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To redeem from captivity, servitude, punishment, or forfeit, by paying a price; to buy out of servitude or penalty; to rescue; to deliver; as, to ransom prisoners from an enemy. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To exact a ransom for, or a payment on. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Ransomer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Price paid for redemption from captivity or punishment: release from captivity. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. Price paid to redeem a person or goods from captivity. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. Money paid for the release of a person or property captured. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Release purchased, as from captivity; redemption. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. The price paid for the redemption of a prisoner of slave, or for goods captured by an enemy; release from captivity, bondage, or possession of an enemy; a sum or a fine paid for a pardon; the price paid to procure the pardon of sins, and the redemption of the sinner. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. Price paid for the freedom of a prisoner or slave, or for the restitution of goods taken by an enemy; a fine paid for pardon, or in lieu of corporal punishment. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for ransom

  1. Even while he is so certain that the driver of the omnibus is in league with their enemies; that the break down is only a part of the grand scheme to obtain possession of the English girl who can pay a big ransom he has never once connected the Arab guide with the matter. – Miss Caprice by St. George Rathborne
  2. Set him free, you will get a good ransom for his life; but for an example, and to frighten the rest, command that I, an old man, shall be hung. – Marie by Alexander Pushkin
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