ransom

[ ran-suhm ]
/ ˈræn səm /

noun

the redemption of a prisoner, slave, or kidnapped person, of captured goods, etc., for a price.
the sum or price paid or demanded.
a means of deliverance or rescue from punishment for sin, especially the payment of a redemptive fine.

verb (used with object)

to redeem from captivity, bondage, detention, etc., by paying a demanded price.
to release or restore on receipt of a ransom.
to deliver or redeem from punishment for sin.

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Origin of ransom

1150–1200; (noun) Middle English ransoun < Old French rançon < Late Latin redēmptiōn- (stem of redēmptiō) redemption; (v.) Middle English ransounen < Old French rançonner, derivative of rançon

SYNONYMS FOR ransom

OTHER WORDS FROM ransom

ran·som·er, nounun·ran·somed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ransomer (1 of 2)

ransom
/ (ˈrænsəm) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived forms of ransom

ransomer, noun

Word Origin for ransom

C14: from Old French ransoun, from Latin redemptiō a buying back, redemption

British Dictionary definitions for ransomer (2 of 2)

Ransom
/ (ˈrænsəm) /

noun

John Crowe . 1888–1974, US poet and critic
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Idioms and Phrases with ransomer

ransom

see king's ransom.

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